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Goldie Baker, 73, activist, legislative aide


Goldie Baker, a legislative aide and East Baltimore community activist, died of coronary artery disease and complications from diabetes June 10 at her Northeast Baltimore home. She was 73.

Born Goldie DuPree in Baltimore and raised in East Baltimore, she was a 1950 graduate of Dunbar High School.

As a teen, she worked with the Progressive Party alongside her mother, who was also a civil rights advocate.

Mrs. Baker was a nurse at Springfield State Hospital and Stella Maris Hospice for many years before becoming active in two city groups, Rescuers from Poverty and the Lafayette Courts Tenants Association. For many years. she sat on the Housing Authority of Baltimore City's tenant advisory board.

At her death, she was the director of community services for Del. Clarence Davis, who represents the 45th District in the Maryland House of Delegates.

Services were held yesterday at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, where she was a member.

Survivors include her three sons, Henry Epps, Larry Tyrone Baker and Maurice Baker; three daughters, Shirley Ann Baker, Carolyn Laura Baker and Terri Baker, three brothers, Woodrow Dockins Jr., Robert Dockins and Ralph Dockins, all of Baltimore; 40 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. A daughter, Sharon Denise Baker, died in 2003. Her marriages to Henry Lee Epps Sr. and Larry James Baker ended in divorce.

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