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Marilyn J. Baker Salisbury-Marilyn Jean Baker died Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, Maryland, at the age of 83. Marilyn Jean Orlebeke was born August 31, 1931
Marilyn was my friend. One of the few people I’ve ever known to whom I would give the title “great.” She was smart, funny, patient, and the only person I ever knew who didn’t just say she was a Christian, but really was, body and soul.
Her broad-reaching intelligence made her a wonderful conversationalist. She had a quick grasp of concepts, a powerful sense of outrage over injustice, and a willingness to change her mind when it seemed appropriate. I though she could never grow old.
I loved our breakfasts together where we talked for half a day at a time. These events became increasingly rare as both of us were impeded by ailing bodies. We kept in touch as well as we could. Garry and I visited Marilyn and John in their home when we could and went out to dinner whenever we could arrange it.
She was deeply compassionate, not just talking about fixing what is wrong with the world, but doing as much as she was able. It was a dark day when she and John left the Valley. I will never have another friend like Marilyn.
In so many ways, she was the me I wished I was. Be at peace Marilyn, my friend. I will never forget you.