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Mari Baker

June 14, 1936 - April 15, 2013

Funeral Service:

The Celebration of Mari's Life will be held at the Peace Lutheran Church, 1011 North 12th Ave in Fargo at 1pm on Friday, May 17, 2013.

Arrangements:

Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Mari Baker

June 14, 1936 - April 15, 2013

Obituary

Marilyn J. Baker,76, known as Mari, passed away on Monday evening , April 15, 2013. Through Gods Grace, Mari was granted her wish to take life’s next step from the peace of her own home. Mari was above all a true Lady. Born into a modest but very Christian home in north Fargo, ND on June 14, 1936, she had a childhood led by a strong , close family. Dad and Mom, Herold and Madeline Brunsvold saw to it that Mari and her two sisters, Barbara ( Mrs C. T. Juven of Fargo) and older sister Joanne (Mrs Telford Wollan , deceased) were taught the right way to live. She had many, many childhood friends that continued to be friends her entire life. Mari attended Fargo Central High School class of 1954 marrying her High School sweetheart and prom date, Dean Baker on July 14, 1956 to enjoy a wonderful 56 year marriage. Prior to being married, Mari attended ND State College in Fargo becoming a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. Mari joined her US Air Force husband and became a loyal and active Air Force wife. Always a Lady, Mari stated her goal in life was to be a wife, homemaker and mother. This goal was stated clearly and often. Raising two children; daughter Leslie Saufferer, Minnetonka, MN and son Karl Baker, Phoenix, Az, she maintained a home full of love and Christian example. Acting as the family anchor while husband Dean was on frequent Military assignments away from home, Mari met the challenges of a military family living in several locations both in the US and overseas. As a military family, Mari’s family pledged love and support to each other. This was always to be the family’s way of life which continues until this very day. One of the greatest joys for Mari was becoming a grandmother. Grandson Matthew Benjamin Baker Saufferer fulfilled that dream. After the military career, husband Dean promised to bring Mari home to Fargo to care for her parents. She performed this task lovingly until they passed away. After returning to Fargo, the Bakers became active members of the Peace Lutheran Church. Mari & Dean found Phoenix, AZ in 1997 as Snow Birds, moving there permanently 2005. They found the La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church in that same year and became a part of the La Casa family. Mari suffered many physical problems in her adult life and with the compassionate care of her family and the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Mari found comfort and help. Mari will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be sent to the Mayo Clinic Foundation for Diabetes Research.

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5 responses to “Mari Baker”

  1. Gary & Karen Hart says:

    Pelican Rapids Mn Dean very sorry to hear of Mari passing. Our sympathy to you & your family our prayers are with you & your family. Gary & Karen Hart

  2. Gary and Vicki Ley says:

    Fargo Dear Dean, Leslie and family, Karl,

    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We will celebrate Mari’s life with you on Friday. We are so blessed to have been part of Mari’s life. We thank God for the memories we have of her.
    Treasure your memories and find strength in each each, your family and friends, and your faith.

    Take care and much love,

    Vicki and Gary

  3. John Aventi says:

    Gile WisconsinDean, I am sorry for your loss, God bless you and your family.

  4. Kyle Handegard says:

    West Fargo ND
    Dean….sorry to hear of your loss.

    Russ & Kyle Handegard

  5. Dale & Debra Mowry says:

    Fargo ND
    Dean & Family, we are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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