Elizabeth A. Baker, church secretary

Elizabeth A. "Betty" Baker, the longtime church secretary at Aisquith Presbyterian Church, died Saturday of cancer at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was 78.

The daughter of the Rev. Edward G. Conrad, pastor of Aisquith Presbyterian Church, and Elizabeth A. Brooks Conrad, a teacher, Elizabeth Ann Conrad was born in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.

She was raised in Lansdowne, Pa., and Baltimore, where she had lived since 1949. She graduated in 1953 from Eastern High School and attended business school for a year.

"We were both born in the Waynesboro, Pa., hospital, but I didn't meet her until 20 years later in Baltimore," said her husband of 60 years, Donald E. Baker, a retired engineer-draftsman and cartographer.

Since 1980, Mrs. Baker had worked three days a week as church secretary at Aisquith Presbyterian Church.

For 58 years, she and her husband lived on Laurelton Avenue in Hamilton. She was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed making her own clothes. She also enjoyed reading mystery stories.

"She also liked vacationing during the summer in Ocean City and visiting the Pennsylvania Dutch Market in Cockeysville," her husband said.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at her church, 7515 Harford Road, Parkville.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Baker is survived by two sons, David C. Baker of Lookout Mountain, Ga., and John E. Baker of Temecula, Calif.; two daughters, Laura K. Newman of Parkville and Lisa J. Baker of Escondido, Calif.; a brother, Edward L. Conrad of Racine, Wis.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


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