Edith M. (nee Clarke) Baker

Died peacefully on July 11, 2003. Predeceased by her husband Maurice, and survived by sons Neil and Alan. Edith was born in Cranbrook in 1905. As a young woman she lived and worked throughout the East Kootenay area, a pioneer for women’s independence; managing retail businesses, driving the narrow mountain roads, and traversing some of B.C.’s first ski runs. In 1942 Edith married, then for many years she divided her energies between caring for her family and educating consumers in the newly evolving home appliance business. In 1983 Edith moved to White Rock to pursue an active social life. Osteoporosis brought an end to her beloved golfing in 1992, and eventually resulted in a move to live in the Finlay Pavilion care home in 1998. Edith has modelled a life of spirited independence balanced with quiet dignity. Special thanks to Edith’s friends Heidi and Effie and to nieces Tootie, Audrey and Lorna. The family will be ever grateful to staff at the Finlay Pavilion who went beyond the call of duty and opened their hearts to our mother. No service by request. Cremation.