Clara F. BakerClara Frost Baker of 9 Seneca St, Trumansburg, passed away  at Cayuga Ridge on Monday, December 13, 2010, at the age of 95.

  Clara was born November 12, 1915 and lived in the Covert and Trumansburg area her whole life, wintering the last 31 years in Zephyrhills, FL. This year she had the 76th anniversary of her graduation from Trumansburg high school.

   She and her husband Maurice Baker first met at a square dance in Enfield. Together they operated the Frost Fruit Farm in Covert. Clara enjoyed the busy life on the farm and finding ways to use homegrown resources to raise three children and entertain the numerous friends and family who visited. Life on the farm produced many memories including her stories about the time the Black Diamond train got stuck in the snow filled cut behind the house and how she used her food stored in the pantry to feed crew and passengers. Her biggest smiles occurred when she would tell as a young woman getting her chauffeur license to drive a local woman‘s big LaSalle touring car on day trips, and the time she met the N.Y. Yankees staying at the same hotel during spring training in the mid 1930’s when she drove her brother to St. Petersburg in Florida. Later in life cold weather killed most of the fruit trees so she started a second career with the American Agriculturist magazine.

Clara’s passion was playing and winning at cards, and she will be missed by all her card playing buddies in Trumansburg and Florida. Be ready for a spirited game of Euchre at the “big” table. Think of her the next time you make a “lone” hand.

Clara was predeceased by her husband, Maurice, her son William, a daughter in law Jan, and a brother Harlem and his wife, Olga. Surviving family include daughters Elsie May Oliver (Don), Connie Baker and friend Pat Duda, grandchildren Lynne (Paul), Mark (Coleen), Stacey (Ken), Christine (Joe) and Jeff (Elizabeth), and great grandchildren Ian, Elijah, Magdalena, Xavier, Zavion, Kyle, Gwen, Matthew, Amanda, Brittany, and Danielle plus many nephews including Ted and Bob Baker, nieces, and cousins especially Anna and Jerry Tidd who were her main Florida connection. And a special person who in his teenage years came to work on the farm but became like a second son, Charles “Pete” Wright.

Following her instructions, there will be a service for family. However, having spent the many years in the area and with her large number of friends, her family believes it important to celebrate her years with us. This will be scheduled and announced in early summer 2011.

Instead of flowers, grandma would be pleased if folks were to make a memory for use at the end of life when we all need to draw on our reserves of good thoughts. Her ninety five years were lived to their fullest enjoyment and she would be happiest if yours were, too. If your life is filled with memories, then please consider donating to Hospice, 172 E. King Rd., Ithaca, N.Y. 14850 which has assisted her and her family during these difficult months.