Maureen J. Baker died after a long illness on July 15, 2011, at Courtland Rehabilitation & Living Center. Maureen was born on March 25, 1958, in Phoenix, Ariz., to Gerald and Barbara (Seeley) Baker.

Maureen was born into a U.S. Air Force family. She started school in Germany and learned to speak German. When she returned to the states she had to learn to speak English all over again. She attended Bangor High School and went on to attend Husson College and study business. She began her only job with the Bar Harbor Times in 1977. Maureen loved her work and the people she worked with. She would look forward every spring to the “local” out-of-staters who would wave to her or stop in just to say “hi” and that they were back for the summer. She also enjoyed the Kid’s Corner children that would walk by her window and wave and she would go out and speak to them. When possible she would hang their pictures in the windows for everyone to see.

She crocheted and knitted extensively and made donations to local charities of some of her items. She also participated in the Caps to the Capital program for several years, with local knitters sending her their caps to send in. When the program slowed down the caps were then donated to local hospitals for the maternity ward’s newborns to wear. She made blankets for the Linus Project and other charities. Her heart was always thinking of ways to help others before herself. She had two special “boys” at home, her dogs Gizmo and Gadget. She loved them so much that she went to Tennessee to the ASPCA to pick them up. Maureen loved to travel to England to visit family members.

Maureen is survived by her mother, Barbara Baker; her sister, Cheryl Larson; and a nephew, Troy Larson, all of Ellsworth; as well as many cousins, aunts, uncles and very good friends. She is predeceased by her father, Gerald Baker; and her brother, James Baker

There will be no viewing or funeral. Graveside services will be held on Friday, July 22 at 11 a.m. at the Otter Creek Cemetery. A reception will follow at the home of Evelyn Albee. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

Remembrances may be made to the Mary Dow Center, 50 Union St., Ellsworth, ME 04605; Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County, 14 McKenzie Ave, Ellsworth, ME 04605; or Hancock County Homecare & Hospice, 82 Water St., Blue Hill, ME 04614.

Arrangements made by Jordan-Fernald.