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Cecile Baker

Memorial services for Cecile Durbrow Baker of Nevada City will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church in Nevada City. A reception will follow.

Mrs. Baker died Saturday, March 4, at a local medical facility. She was 95.

She was born April 2, 1910, in Berkeley, to William and Blanche Durbrow. She was the youngest of five children. She lived most of her childhood on a ranch in Willows. She attended Miss Burke’s private high school in San Francisco. After two years at Chico Sate College, where she was the first Little Nell (Homecoming Queen), she went on to graduate from the University of California. After graduating she lived with her parents in Town Talk (between Grass Valley and Nevada City). She also went to visit her sister in Alaska and had a great time flying around the countryside with a bush pilot. On returning home, she taught kindergarten in Grass Valley, and then later worked as a secretary at the Empire Mine. She married Robert Baker in 1936, in the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Grass Valley. They lived in many mining camps around the west. During World War II they lived in Boise, Idaho where she obtained her pilots license. They moved to Nevada City in 1975. She was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, Trinity Episcopal Church, Empire Country Club, B&T Club, Town Talk Book Club, Causerie Book Club and St. Agnes Guild of Trinity Church.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Jo of Grass Valley; daughter and partner Barbara Robben and Jerry Rosenberg of Los Angeles; and grandson, David Baker of Palo Alto. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert in 1988.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sierra Services for the Blind, or St. Agnes Guild/Trinity Episcopal Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary.


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