BAKER - August 4, 2012 in Victoria, BC. Her family is saddened by their loss but relieved Marjorie Irene Baker (nee Hoyt), gently passed from this life so that she is now at peace. For the last 15 years of her life, Marge lived with Alzheimer’s. Even through the progression of this disease Marge’s old self would, on occasion, suddenly shine through much to the delight of her family and care givers. Despite her illness she retained her dignity and remained a source of unending love and caring for others. While she had serious health issues and personal tragedies in her life, Marge’s indomitable faith and optimism rarely failed her. Her will to live was truly remarkable. She will be remembered for her outrageous humour, sense of fun, her trust in the goodness of others and her absolute acceptance of what was.
Marge was predeceased in 2002 by her beloved husband Jim and is survived by: her sister Kay Lacey (Dave), brothers Jim Hoyt (June), Bill Hoyt (Hazel); her children David Baker (Su Russell), Jo-Marie Naysmith (David), Suzanne James (Jim) and Christopher Baker; grandchildren Sarah, Geoff, Andrew, Scott, Rob, Kevan and Jay; great grandchildren Christopher, Katherine, Olivia and Henry. Born to Charles and Mabel Hoyt of Middleton, NS on May 26, 1924, Marge met her lifetime dancing partner, Jim Baker, in Greenwood NS in 1945 where Jim was awaiting demobilization after having served overseas with the RCAF in WW II. They married within six weeks of their first waltz. Marge was one of the first wives of NATO service-men to accompany their husbands to Europe to help maintain peace during the Berlin crisis. This four year sojourn was to be the first of many trips overseas. Marge also spent several years living and working alongside Jim in hospitals in Saudi Arabia. Their travels left them with a multitude of friends around the world. In her declining years Marge’s greatest joys were the hours spent in her garden and time with her grandchildren. Very special thanks to Dr. Derek Carroll, Colette Mcleod, Indrus Piche, Sarah Norrad, Joan Abraham and the staff of Dogwood II and III at Oak Bay Lodge. The caring, concern and companionship they showed for Marge was invaluable and immensely appreciated by her family. A private celebration will take place at a later date. Should anyone wish, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC.