Hazel Luella


A resident of Morrisburg for the past forty-four years, June Baker passed away peacefully at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Thursday, October 10, 2013.  June was 85 years old.

The daughter of the late Vincent and Viola Casselman, June was born on April 3, 1928, in Williamsburg.

She was the beloved wife of the late Earl Baker. Together they raised five children, Elaine Froats (Ricki of Mariatown), Dianne Claxton (Allen) of Morrisburg, Richard (Lorri) of Orleans, Susan Barber (Don) of Orleans and Ruth Speer (Brian) of Iroquois.

June was the cherished grandma of Dennis (Peggy) Froats of Iroquois, Mark (Lisa) Froats of Morrisburg, Brent (Leslie) Claxton of Kemptville, Keith (Jill) Claxton of Cardinal, Steven (Samantha) Claxton of Iroquois, Jessica (Vaughan Russell) Botsford-Baker of Ottawa, Megan Baker of Orleans, Derek, Jeff and Andy Barber of Orleans and Scott and Sarah Speer of Iroquois.  She was the beloved great-grandma to Randy, Kurt, Cole and Ethan Froats of Iroquois, Brody and Brett Froats of Morrisburg, Sydney, Paige and Wade Claxton of Kemptville, Kacey and Andrew Claxton of Cardinal and Ava Russell of Ottawa.

June will be dearly missed by her brothers, Gordon (Marjorie) Casselman of Morrisburg, Jim (Ada) Casselman of Williamsburg and sister Judy (Raymond) Lewis of Williamsburg, sister-in-law Carley Casselman (Terry Helmer) and sisters-in-law, Lillian Sypes of Thorold and Margherita Baker of Niagara Falls and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her eldest daughter, Elaine Froats and her sisters Joyce Armstrong, Betty Coughler and brother Charles Casselman.

June’s family is very grateful to Dr. Abbud, Cassidy Morrell and the staff of the St. Lawrence Medical Clinic and Winchester District Memorial Hospital for their excellent care and compassion shown to our Mom.

Anyone who knew June, knew that her relationship with God, her family and her home meant everything to her. She had the ability to make everyone around her feel special and any one of her twelve grandchildren or twelve great-grandchildren would proudly tell you they were her favourite.  The family home was a place for great gatherings where there was always an abundance of love, warmth, peace, comfort and great food and we always knew we could go back there and feel welcomed and very much at home.  

Her flowers and gardens were another source of great pride and joy; she would nurture her plants all winter looking forward to the joy of planting them outside again in the spring.  To understand her love of gardening you need look no further than the plaque on the kitchen wall:  “He who plants a garden works hand in hand with God”

Friends called at the Parker Funeral Home, Morrisburg, on Sunday, October 13, 2013, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. 

The funeral service was held in the chapel at the Parker Funeral Home on Monday, October 14th at 11 a.m., with Rev. Feras Chamas officiating.  Interment followed at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Morrisburg. 

Pallbearers were Dennis Froats, Keith Claxton, Steven Claxton, Derek Barber, Jeff Barber and Scott Speer.  Honourary pallbearers were Mark Froats, Brent Claxton, Andrew Barber, Jessica Botsford-Baker, Megan Baker and Sarah Speer.

 Memorial donations to the Winchester District Memorial Hospital or Knox Presbyterian Church will be gratefully acknowledged.  Condolences and donations may be made at parkerfh@personainternet.com.

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