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Carroll Yvonne Leavitt Baker
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Birth: Mar. 22, 1938
Lane County
Oregon, USA
Death: Nov. 3, 2010
Lane County
Oregon, USA

The Eugene Register-Guard
Lane County, Oregon
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Family Tribute

Carroll Yvonne Baker (1938-2010)

Carroll Yvonne Leavitt was born March 22, 1938 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene, a child of Lester Lewis Leavitt, Jr. and Louis Carol (Angst) Snyder. As a young girl growing up in Eugene, Carroll attended River Road Elementary School, Woodrow Wilson Junior High school, and was graduated from Eugene High School in the Class of 1956. Carroll spent time as a child working at her grandparents' store, Leavitt's One O'Clock Market at 6th & Madison and later at the A&W drive-in. She had countless memories of spending time with her older and younger brothers, Richard & Lester, who at one time all three mounted one bicycle for a cross-town trip to the afternoon movies.

In 1956 Carroll married Larry Ingram, with the marriage producing her five children; Scott, Susan, Steven, Sandra and Sally. The marriage ended in 1968, at which time Carroll began raising and providing sole support for herself and her five children. She attended Lane Community College for nurses training, graduating in 1971 and became a registered nurse at the age of 33. Carroll worked at Sacred Heart Hospital, rising to the position of Charge Nurse of the Neurosurgery Ward.

On April 22nd, 1978, Carroll remarried to Dr. Clifton Earl Baker, Jr. of Eugene. Carroll worked with Cliff in his Orthopedic Surgical practice until she retired from nursing in 1980, and was able to become a full-time homemaker, starting and pursuing many of her life's interests. Cliff took immediately to Carroll's children, and became a father to all of them in addition to his 2 children, Bill and Sue from a previous marriage.

Carroll most enjoyed the time she spent with her husband and family, and over the years, all of their recreation and activities were centered around family gatherings and adventures. They sailed their boat regularly in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, skied at Mt. Bachelor, Sun Valley, Whistler and in Europe. She fly-fished waters in Oregon, Washington, Alaska and New Zealand. They traveled to Hawaii several times, the Caribbean, took European tours, and many cruises.

Between worldly adventures, Cliff and Carroll visited her children in Washington State, the East Coast, and Arizona, where they built and owned a winter home for several years. Carroll also enjoyed gardening, knitting, cooking, playing bridge, racquetball, golf, bicycling, and was an avid reader. She and her close-knit circle of friends known as the "Ya-Ya's" had several unforgettable retreats in Sun River. Carroll took delight in traveling the country, attending the births of her grandchildren and providing welcomed help to the new moms and dads. A family tradition was grandma giving the first home bath to the baby in the kitchen sink.

Over the last 2 years, Carroll's desire was to provide loving comfort and care to Cliff, in their home, through his illness with cancer. Even through this difficult time, they managed to receive visitors and traveled to spend time with friends and family, including recent trips this spring and summer to Mexico and Hawaii with immediate family.

Carroll was a loving, intelligent, well-read, well-traveled, thoughtful, caring, practical and environmentally conscious woman. She was most proud of her children and grandchildren; the people they are, and strive to be, and the accomplishments they achieved; often with her help - always with her support. She spoke her mind, offered her wisdom, and was forgiving. She was a friend to many in this community, a loving matriarch to her extended family, an inspiration and a hero to her children and the love of her husband's life.

Carroll was preceded in death by her father and his wife Betty, her mother, her sister-in-law Marcia Leavitt, and Cliff's son Bill. She was survived by her husband of 32 years, Cliff of Eugene; brother Richard Leavitt and wife Rozalyn of Eugene; brother Lester Leavitt III and wife Pam of Eugene; Cliff's daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Jerry Rouleau of Eugene; her son Scott Ingram of Chesapeake Beach, MD; her son and daughter-in-law, LCDR (USN) Steven and Machelle Ingram of Matlock, WA; her daughter and son in law Susan and Craig Johnson of Tempe, AZ; her daughter and son-in-law Sandra and Morgan Neville of Chandler, AZ; her daughter Sally Riera of Eugene; 11 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

A private family service was held for Carroll at Rest-Haven Cemetery. A celebration service of both Carroll and Cliff's lives will be held Friday, December 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at Restoration Fellowship, 220 S. 42nd Street, Springfield; and is open to all of their friends and acquaintances. Carroll will be memorialized at Rest-Haven Cemetery in Eugene, Oregon, in the company of her husband, parents and grandparents. At her request, memorials, in lieu of flowers may be sent in her name to Womenspace (Domestic Violence Prevention Services) or Family Relief Nursery, both in Eugene.
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  Clifton Earl Baker (1930 - 2010)
Rest-Haven Memorial Park
Lane County
Oregon, USA
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Record added: Nov 05, 2010
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