Donna Baker

Donna Joyce Baker (born Barradell)
March 17, 1944 – October 31, 2017
It is with very heavy hearts that we announce the death of Donna Joyce Baker who passed away peacefully in her home on October 31, surrounded by her family and the beauty of the Bruce Peninsula. Born to Cecil and Gladys Barradell, Donna grew up alongside her brother Bob Barradell on the family farm outside of Paradise Hill, SK. She left home to attend school in Saskatoon where she met and married her husband of 52 years, John Baker. Shortly after moving to Ontario, Donna and John became parents to Sean David Baker and Laurel Jean Baker Martin and raised their family in Elmira, ON. Donna was very intentional in demonstrating unconditional love to her children. Among her many contributions to community life in the Elmira area, Donna gave years of dedicated leadership to the Girl Guides of Canada. Shortly after retiring in the beautiful village of Lion’s Head, ON, Donna and John welcomed their son-in law Phil Martin to the family and became grandparents to Korah Martin and Jasmine Martin. In Lion’s Head, Donna once again poured love and dedication into community building — dedicating time to her various leadership roles in the Bruce Trail Association and as aBruce Peninsula Hospice volunteer and leader. Both of these organizations, and the many people within them, are better today because of the hard-work and generous support of Donna. She delighted in nature and anyone who knew Donna was impacted by her generous sense of welcoming and her inner drive to work unselfishly in the service of others. She was rich in family and friendships and remained faithful to these connections throughout her lifetime. In recent years Donna was thrilled to welcome into the family Sean’s partner, Sarah Goldwin and her son Adam. Among the family already mentioned, Donna also leaves behind sister-in-law, Norma Barradell, brother-in-law Jim and wife Laura Baker, nephews Todd Baker and John Paul Baker, and niece Leslie Baker as well as countless friends who share in the family’s grief. Informal gatherings of shared love and memories will take place on November 4 and 5 between the hours of 10 a.m and 4 p.m. at her home — 95 Moore Street, Lion’s Head, ON. All are welcome. Please honour her wishes and resist sending flowers. Instead, direct your gifts towards Bruce Peninsula Hospice, Bruce Trail Association, or a charity of your choice.

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  1. Our deepest simpathy in this time of loss and grief…..prayers to you Laurel and the entire family
    Angélica , Fabián, Clara and Camila

  2. Donna was a gentle soul and a great volunteer with Woolwich Hospice.
    My prayers are with family as you mourn the loss of such a beautiful person.

  3. Many people experienced Donna’s selflessness, generosity and spontaneous warmth. She had a truly wonderful connection to John and to their family. I am deeply saddened by their loss.

  4. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time. Donna was really a special person and will be missed. Barb Wilkie

  5. My condolences on Donna’s passing, to John and the whole family – in a special way to Laurel, Phil, Jasmine and Korah who I know through the L’Arche Community.
    Peter Poel

  6. Donna was a very special person. I had the privilege of working on a committee with Donna for the Bruce Peninsula Hospice . I also enjoyed joining her group for the Hike for Hospice every May. Her knowledge of plants and birds always impressed me and we loved sharing stories of our grandchildren as we took in the beauty of the trails. Last but not least Donna was at my father’s bedside in July 2002 before he died. Her compassion and care was never forgotten and she was a pillar in our time of need.
    Whenever I hike the trails I will have Donna walking beside me and her smile will accompany me every step of the way. I sincerely hope that the fond memories you have of her will be a comfort to you during this difficult time….
    Sincerely,
    Irène Thomas

  7. John, Sean and Laurel – Bryon and I are so sad to hear of Donna’s passing. She always remembered our birthdays and special occasions & I know she did the same for all family members. She was a wonderful cousin and will be missed so much. Please know you are in our prayers.

  8. From Ann and Bill Muir long term seasonal residents of the LH Campground, sincerest condolences to John and family on the loss of Donna. This is indeed a shock. Our thoughts and prayers are with John and family.

  9. Our hearts are with you and your family at this sad time and always. With love, Dennis, Tom, and Pauline

  10. Sending our sincere condolances to you all during this difficult time. I remember Donna from being a brownie campout cook with my mom on may occassions, and then down the road many years later, while being close friends with both Sean and Laurel. Thinking of you all and sending hugs, love and prayers your way.

  11. I am now moved to Waterloo for the winter so will be unable to come to the house on Saturday or Sunday. You are in my thoughts at this time. Donna was a wonderful kind, thoughtful lady, she will be greatly missed in Lion’s Head.

  12. I am so saddened to hear of Donna’s passing. Donna was one of the first people that I met when I moved to the Bruce 12 years ago, and joined the Hospice Team here. Donna is truly a lady in every sense of the word, and her kindness and gentle spirit, beyond compare.
    I give my sincere condolences to John and the family. The world is a better place because of Donna having graced it. Though her time here was too short, I congratulate her on a life well lived!
    Sincerely,
    Maggie Gregory

  13. Donna and John graciously welcomed us into their home just a few months ago and Donna asked John every day to pick fresh flowers from their garden, for our suite upstairs. That was Donna’s true spirit of welcoming. Our prayers are with you John, laurel and her beautiful family, Phil, Korah and Jasmin, to Sean, Sarah and Adam as you mourn this very special lady.Steve

  14. Our sincere condolences go to you Laurel for the loss of your precious Mom.
    From your friends at the Music Club.
    Marnie, Helen and Liz.

  15. Hello John, Sean & Laurel and family
    So sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved Donna. I remember Donna as a very kind, gentle person. One time when there was some difficulties with a unit of Brownies I was leading, Donna came by to the house and counselled, consoled me and guided me thorough a rough time. She was so soothing and comforting. She was always considerate of all members of Guiding.
    I believe she was on a Guider’s trip to the Bruce trail one time and I was impressed with her knowledge of the outdoors.

  16. How very, very sad we are to hear that Donna is no longer with us. She was such a vital, energetic and caring friend and we will always cherish the wonderful times we have spent together with all of you.
    We so enjoyed having you visit us on your way west recently and looked forward to your visit on the way back too. The marjoram and lemon balm in our garden are always a pleasant reminder of Donna’s generosity. They grow with gusto! We will truly miss Donna but we do have all those wonderful memories of “Elmira Days” and our visits to Lion’s Head to cherish forever!
    We will be there with you in spirit this weekend but our weather this morning prevents the 10-hour drive. Love to each of you from Joyce and David 🙂 🙂

  17. We are really sad to hear about the loss of your mother, Sean.
    Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    The Millers: Anita, Matt, Erin, her family and Con.

  18. We are truly saddened at Donna’s passing, she was a kind, gentle person who gave of herself unselfishly. She studied watercolours with me years ago and demonstrated the same gentle feelings in her art. It was a pleasure to have her in my class and to know her as a friend. She always had a ready smile for everyone.
    When my mother became ill, Donna was always the first to ask how she was doing.
    Our thoughts and condolences go to John and her family.
    Sincerely,
    Lin Souliere, Carl Bell, and Mary Scott

  19. Please accept my sincere condolences. Donna was such a special lady and such fun to spend time with. May she rest in the arms of the angels.

  20. To John, Laurel and Sean and extended family
    It’s difficult the think of Donna in the past tense. My memories of you all go back to those days in Elmira and briefly I would see Donna at the School of Optometry. I had been thinking of you all not so very long ago and so was shocked to see the photo of Donna looking back at me from the obituary column in The Record. May hour sadness be tempered with memories that bring you great joy.
    Jane Annandale (formerly Malcolm)

  21. John, Laurel,Sean & families,
    My deepest condolences to you. I’m so sorry to hear of Donna’s passing.
    I remember all the good times we had together & will treasure them always.
    Love to you all,
    Jan Hagberg

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