Ethan Anna Davis Baker – Chelsea, Mass.

Ethel Anna Davis Baker of Chelsea, Mass. passed away peacefully on Oct. 4, 2013 at the age of 100. Ethel was blessed with a full and rich life. She was the greatest cheerleader, bestowing unconditional love on all in her family and unwaveringly rooting for them and the Red Sox. She was a loyal friend to many, a caring person and an able, untiring volunteer for several worthy causes over her years. She served on the boards and committees of many civic and Jewish organizations. Ethel was a ‘Gray Lady’ at the Charlestown Naval Hospital, first learning Braille herself, next teaching it to servicepersons who had lost their vision, and then training others to become Braille teachers. In her 80s, she was a reader to English language learners at the Garfield Elementary School, Revere, Mass. She herself was an avid reader and an outstanding card player until, ironically, she lost her vision in her last decade. Among her many survivors are her daughter Nancy Baker and husband Brian Flynn of Shelburne and cherished grandchildren Matthew Baker Flynn, Daniel Baker Flynn and his partner Mika Cheng, and Peter Baker Flynn.  Ethel has now gone to be with her beloved husband ‘Charlie.’ In lieu of flowers, donations in Ethel’s memory may be made to Temple Emanuel, 60 Tudor Street Chelsea, MA 02150; Chelsea Jewish Foundation, 17 Lafayette Ave. Chelsea, MA 02150 or to the Shelburne Food Shelf, Town Clerk’s Office, PO Box 88, Shelburne, VT 05482.

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