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Marie Virginia Baker
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Marie Virginia (McDonald) Baker, age 88, of Vienna, Virginia, passed away on February 27, 2018, at Reston Hospital. Marie, one of twins, was born June 17, 1929, in Butler, Pennsylvania, to Jerry McDonald and Myrtle (Kelly) McDonald. Marie grew up in Arlington, Virginia, where she enjoyed playing with her twin sister, Marida, and their niece, Shirley.

Marie was a devoted wife to Harmond Claude Baker for fifty one years and loving mother to James Claude Baker and Jerri Baker Steinkraus. Marie grew up in Arlington, Virginia, and worked at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia, after the family returned from a five year tour at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska. She retired after twenty years of service.

After the death of their son-in-law, Lawrence Steinkraus, Major General, USAF, Marie and Claude moved in with their daughter, Jerri, and granddaughter, Ashley.

Marie’s first and foremost love was always for her family, especially her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as countless friends she made throughout her lifetime. She loved nature, handmade crafts, music and especially Christmas! She would always say that her love for Christmas was a gift she received from her father and she shared that gift with all who knew her. All Christmas trees in the family home were adorned with ornaments she made by hand and the sound of her favorite song, Silent Night, could be heard playing in the background.

Even after developing Dementia, Marie remained a precious, loving person who saw beauty in everything and everyone. She was truly a remarkable daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Claude; her parents, brothers and sisters: Richard, Charles, Sherman, Pauline, Geneva, and Vivian; son-in-law, Lawrence Steinkraus, and grandson, Eric Steinkraus.

Marie is survived by her son, James (Gerianne) Baker and her daughter, Jerri Steinkraus; grandchildren: Heather (Michael) Root, Lt. Colonel Christopher (Brandy) Baker, USAF, Dr. Jonathan (Suzanne) Baker, Allison (Zachery) Shuler, Ashley Steinkraus, Dr. Lawrence (Amy) Steinkraus, Jr., and SMSgt. Michael Steinkraus, USAF; thirteen great grandchildren; her twin sister and friend, Marida (George) Binsted and many nieces and nephews.

The family requests that contributions be made to the Alzheimers Association in lieu of flowers.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 8601 Wolftrap Rd., Vienna, VA on Tuesday, April 3rd at 10 AM. Inurnment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

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