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Obituary for Mary Louise Baker






Age 83 of Ferndale passed away Saturday Sept. 30th. She was the wife of the late Keith Baker.
Mary is survived by her children John (Caroline) Mugarian, Charles Mugarditchian and Edward Mugarian. Step-children Paul, Cathy and Jan, ex daughter In law Lynette. Sister; Martha Irvin. 7 grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends also survive. Visitation Sunday 2-6 pm with a funeral service at 5 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly Michigan.

It is with great sadness and heavy heart to announce the passing of my mother, at 3:30EST this afternoon after spending her final moments under hospice care.
Being at a loss for words, how can one describe the void of losing the most influential, and most important person in my life? She was my first friend. She was my teacher. My nurse. My protector. A person who made sure I never went without. A strict disciplinarian who sometimes went over the edge to make her point. A point she would only need to make once because she made it so clear. A woman with a heart of gold and soft spot for her boys. A woman who drove me to baseball and football practice and attended all of my games. She was far and above the loudest and most vocal cheerleader at every game…She was my number one fan.
A woman who was raised in Hell’s kitchen in rural Mississippi, the youngest of 6 siblings. A woman who has been on her own since she were 15 years old (1949), fighting her way through discrimination and sexual harassment, only to come out on top in order to survive. Mentally she was tough as nails, and fought for everything she obtained, never budging an inch, and never being pushed around without pushing back twice as hard, because she had little choice.
She brought that same relentless and spirited toughness when raising her boys. That you can always do better. To have a plan for your life. Don’t get up today because that’s what you did yesterday. Stay focused and committed with a purpose.
She coerced my dad into moving us to Birmingham in 1960 when we couldn’t afford it, because she wanted her kids in the best schools. Dad went to work every day wondering how in the hell he was going to pay the mortgage…But he had a wife who could stretch a dollar. To her, it was all about her boys. She went without and sacrificed her own needs so we could be enriched.
When the economy folded and my world collapsed a few years ago, she put her arm around me, dusted me off, took me and Bleu (she called him her grandson) in, and helped put me back on solid ground, asking nothing in return. But that’s what a mother does. That’s what makes them the special human beings they are. That’s why God only gives us one. Their unconditional love stands alone, and cannot be equaled.
The loss of my mother is and always will be the most heartbreaking and enormous loss of my life, a giant void because the special love of a mother is once in a lifetime. Though she knew it was just a matter of time, she was at peace. As I spent her final moments with her, brushing aside the tears running down my cheeks, I thanked her and told her I loved her, kissed her forehead, and said a heartfelt goodbye. She is now with Dad and Bleu in God’s kingdom. Your youngest son will miss you and our weekly chats and visits more than words can describe…It's tough to say goodbye to the most important person in my life. I’m strong enough to get through this, because you taught me how.


Edward Mugarian


Previous Events

Visitation

Sunday

8

Oct

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wessels & Wilk Funeral Home

23690 Woodward Ave.
Pleasant Ridge , MI 48069

Service

Sunday

8

Oct

5:00 PM
Wessels & Wilk Funeral Home

23690 Woodward Ave.
Pleasant Ridge , MI 48069

Burial

Thursday

12

Oct

11:30 AM
Great Lakes National Cemetery

4200 Belford Road
Holly,, Mi 48442

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