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Karen Spring Baker

Karen Spring Baker, age 77, of Tampa, FL and formerly of Eaton, OH passed away on June 7, 2022.  She was born June 25, 1944 to the late Geraldine (Spring) and Meredith Baker.  Interment will be private at Mound Hill Cemetery in Eaton.  Gard Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Eaton is assisting with arrangements.  Online condolences and other remembrances may be sent to the family by visiting www.gardfuneralhome.com.

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I was very saddened to hear of Karen passing away. I first met Karen in July 1985, Karen was different like me,I think that is why we became friends. We wrote each other letters for the last 27 years every month . Karen was a very generous, kind soul.Throughout the years she sent some wonderful gifts, beautiful bird books,a beautiful Bible, fancy calendars,expensive glass ware, I always told her please do not spend your money on me,but that was the kind of person she was. She was generous to a fault, and she was also misunderstood as a person.. I love you Karen. and I will miss you. Love from : Lee Howard DeCamp

Lee H decamp Jul 15 2022 10:03 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Karen Baker

Phyllis Caplinger from the Class of 1962 Jul 10 2022 7:41 PM

I met Karen in the late '70s when we were both working for a tour operator in NYC. We were friendly in the office and eventually became very good friends. To me, Karen was always a very interesting person, with a "diamond in the rough" personality; she was certainly quirky, sometimes a bit mischievous. She could be charming and engaging ... and absolutely stubborn... sometimes in the same conversation. Many might have stopped there and not engaged with her further. The rest of us came to realize what a truly marvelous person she was: intelligent, well-read, (sometimes wickedly) funny, absolutely loyal to those she loved and cared about. She had a particularly soft heart for kitty cats and thoroughbreds. She also endured her share of misfortunes and disappointments.
Over the years, I met some of her family in Eaton, and some of her friends - either in person or via phone/email/etc. People like Karen will always bring interesting, caring friends into their circle. To those of you who knew and loved her, who cared for her, especially in her later years, I extend my sincere appreciation and my heartfelt condolences.
Perhaps when we look up into the night sky and see a particularly bright and sparkly star, we'll smile, remembering Karen Spring Baker and all the quirkiness, all the love, friendship and joy she brought into our lives.

Gabriele Schmitt Jul 2 2022 11:35 AM

Karen was an amazing lady, who lived a very unique and full life. Although she might have been misunderstood by many, I like to think she was rather easy to figure out. In fact, I’d sum Karen up in a few words…friendly, generous, loving, thoughtful, kindhearted, and funny. Once she let you into her life, it didn’t take you long to become part of her circle and that meant you were part of her friend’s circle as well. I heard all about Elaine, Kota, Alma, Katie, Gabriel, Kathy, and so many other family members and friends Karen had in her life and I felt like they were my friends too. I know just as many people heard about me, my daughter Ali (who lived by Karen in Tampa and ran errands for her) and Ali’s cat Quinn. Karen just had a likability about her and she kept friends for life. She wasn’t rich in the financial sense but she was rich with friends and family who loved and took care of her, even in her most stubborn times. I was sad to hear of her passing and wished so bad these past few years would have been easier on her but she died just as she lived……On her own terms and being in control of her destiny. I'm thankful to have shared this life with her and I look forward to seeing her again in the next one🥰

Jodie Johnson-Micks Jul 1 2022 7:49 PM

I have many fond memories of Karen and am sorry to hear of her passing.

Linda Stowe Jun 30 2022 5:25 PM