On Friday, December 2, 2016, Alice Mae Baker passed away in Nelson, British Columbia at the age of 94 years. Mae moved to Lake View Village in July of 2015, to be close to her son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Kathrynn Baker of Nelson, BC. Mae is the daughter of Chester and Edna Clark. She was born on May 3rd, 1922 at the farmhouse near White Bear, Saskatchewan. She was raised on the farm, attending school in White Bear until her Grade 12 year, when she moved to Saskatoon to finish her high school at the Saskatoon Technical Collegiate. Mae later attended Normal School in Moose Jaw, where she obtained her teaching certificate. She taught at the high school in Osler, SK and later at Qu’appelle Diocesan School for Girls in Regina. On Christmas Eve of 1945, Mae married her long time sweetheart, who had returned from the war, Gordon Baker of Kyle, SK. They lived in Saskatoon as Gordon completed his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and while he worked for the Saskatchewan Government Land Branch. Two children were born during this time, Terry (1947) and Bonnie (1949). After her children started school, Mae taught at Marengo, Totnes and Kyle, SK. Mae enjoyed all of her teaching years, but her years at the one room, Grades 1-8, Acadia School in Totnes, where she formed lifelong friendships with both students and parents were especially gratifying. She was involved in all community activities and the small teacherage hosted many visitors and parties. In the spring and fall throughout Mae’s teaching career, she travelled back and forth with her children, dog and cat every weekend to Kyle, where she and Gordon were working to establish a farm. Mae retired from teaching in 1982, but continued to live and work on the farm. During her retirement years, Gordon and Mae travelled extensively to England, Germany, Australia, Costa Rica, Mexico, United States and across Canada. In 1998, they moved to Saskatoon to live and Mae remained there for the next seventeen years.
Mae will be remembered for her love of her husband, family and teaching. She was a social person who enjoyed other people. Mae performed many acts of kindness and thoughtfulness for those she associated with. She was known for her unflappable personality, her easygoing, efficient and practical nature, and her sense of humour. Mae felt she was very blessed throughout her life, often expressing gratitude for her fun-filled and comfortable childhood, her happy marriage, her children and grandchildren, her friends and her good health.
Mae is survived by her son Terry (Kathrynn) Baker of Nelson, BC, daughter Bonnie (Tim) Perrett of Evansburg, AB. Grandchildren; Kimberley (Simon) Corti of Calgary, Neil (Ceri) Baker of Sydney, Australia, Tye (Tanya) Perrett of Okotoks, Kirk (Suzanne) Perrett of Edmonton, April (Aaron) Slotsve of Edmonton, Chena Perrett of Beaumont, Steele (Leigh) Perrett of Evansburg, Kyanne (Adam) Williams of Beaumont, Shaye Perrett of Edmonton, and seventeen great grandchildren. Siblings: Bill Clark of Nelson, and Lois Ramsey and family of Tuscon, AZ.
The family would like to thank Mountain Lake Seniors Community staff and Lake View Village staff and residents for their kind and generous care and friendship to our mother.
Mae was predeceased by her husband Gordon Stanley Baker on December 13th, 1999.
Mae’s ashes will be interred next to Gordon at the Clearwater Lake Cemetery, SK. A graveside dedication at the cemetery, will be followed by a memorial luncheon at the Kyle Legion Hall at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 6th, 2017 at Kyle, SK.
Everyone is welcome to attend.