Mary Frances Baker |

Mary Frances Baker

Mary Frances Baker, “Francie,” died peacefully at her home in Carbondale on Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, her family at her side.

Francie was born Aug. 26, 1949 in Portland, Ore., to Dr. John Kenneth Warrens and Virginia R. Warrens. When Francie was a toddler her family moved to San Diego, where she was raised. After high school Francie completed a pre-dental program at San Diego State University and in 1971 graduated from the Dental Hygiene Program at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, Calif. Shortly after graduation, with her new career and ready for a change of scenery, Francie moved to Colorado.

While visiting Aspen, Francie met the love of her life, Greg Baker, and on Nov. 10, 1973, the two were married. Both coming from early skiing families, Francie and Greg shared a passion for the mountain lifestyle. They raised two daughters, Alida and Danielle, as well as Francie’s always present contingent of horses and dogs.

Those who knew Francie appreciated her boundless energy, eternal optimism and concern for others. When she wasn’t cleaning teeth or showing real estate to her clients, she volunteered her time to Sopris Therapy Services (therapeutic horseback riding) and the American Red Cross. Other favorite pastimes included riding her two horses in the mountains with a friend, swimming laps at the Glenwood Hot Springs, or hiking with her labs in the hills around her home.

Francie carried herself with grace and lived her life with a determination that inspired all those around her. She is survived by her husband, Greg Baker, daughters Alida and Danielle, sister Susie Warrens, brothers Tom and John Warrens, nieces and nephews, and many lifelong friends. Her pure heart and gentle spirit lives on in ours and we are all better for it.

We love you Francie; BE FREE …

A Mass will be held at noon Monday, Feb. 23, at Saint Mary’s of the Crown in Carbondale, with a reception to follow. Father Jose Saenz will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted for Sopris Therapy Services at P.O. Box 2080 Carbondale, CO 81623.

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