Marcia Baker spent her life caring for others

Marcia (Mitchell) Smith Baker

Marcia (Mitchell) Smith Baker, 80 of Monroe, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 2, 2024. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 23 years, Walter G. Baker of West Street, Shelton.

Marcia was born on June 16, 1943, in North Attleboro, Mass., to the late Russell Clayton Mitchell and her “mummy” Ethel Gertrude (Bumpus) Mitchell of New Canaan. After losing her mom to cancer when she was 11, Marcia and her brother Roger and sister Bonnie welcomed a new stepmom, Mary (Hoyt) Mitchell, residing on Valley Road New Canaan.

Marcia is survived by her three loving children. Her oldest son, Michael Allen Smith, and his wife, Sharon, of Bonita Springs, Fla; her cherished daughter, Katherine (Smith) Caposella, of Monroe (formerly of Newtown), and her youngest son, Jeffery Smith, and his partner, Vicky Scirocco, of Hamden.

She was the proud grandmother to Scott, Brad and Stephanie Smith, all from Bonita Springs, Fla., Kristin (Caposella) Leest and her husband, Martin, of North Charleston, Amanda (Caposella) Young and her husband, Jared, of Stratford, and Sara and her husband, Chris Snyder, of Austin, Texas. Marcia was also blessed with several great-grandchildren.

In addition to the wonderful family she raised, Marcia was also survived by her sister and best friend, Bonnie O’Dell of Bristol, and her three daughters Kelly, Tammy and Lori, and their loving families.

She was predeceased by her brother, Roger E. Mitchell of Mississippi, who had two beautiful children, Charlotte and William (Rusty) Mitchell, both living in Texas, and her stepbrother, Howard Mitchell.

Marcia was blessed to have an additional Baker family that she loved and cared deeply for in Bob and Sue Baker of Monroe and their two beautiful children, Bobby Baker and his wife Caroline, and Sherri Mondo and her husband, Josh. She was also so fortunate to have lifelong friends for the past 70 years in Florence Pickering Stolba and Linda Wilson Zarach.

Marcia spent her life caring for others. She was a housewife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Her white, fluffy hair earned her the nickname Marcia-mellow, which also summed up her personality, soft and airy, sweet and sociable.

Marcia loved gardening and caring for birds. She loved coloring books and would spend hours a day deciding color schemes and sharpening colored pencils down to the nubs.

Marcia loved her 11 years that she spent in The Villages in Ocala, Fla. She loved to decorate the inside and outside of her Florida sunshine home, making good friends, and attending frequent block parties.

She was a member of the Red Hat Society and participated in many charitable events. She eventually came back home to Connecticut, where she lived with her loving daughter for the remainder of her life in the Hills of Monroe. Our family will deeply miss her and forever be grateful for the wonderful life we shared.

Calling hours will be Thursday, May 16, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., with a prayer service at 11:30 a.m. at Spadaccino and Leo Gallagher & Son, 315 Monroe Turnpike Monroe. Committal service will be at 1 p.m. at Lawncroft Cemetery, 1740 Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield, directly following.

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