Elinor Baker and Bernard Baker ll dance in October, 1983. Mrs. Baker will be remembered Saturday from 5-7 p.m. at the Carranor Hunt and Polo Club in Perrysburg.
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The elegant and talented Elinor "Ellie" Shutts Baker will be remembered Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Carranor Hunt and Polo Club. Friends are invited to attend the soiree hosted by her son, Bernard R. "Robin" Baker III, and her niece, Eleanor M. "Sis" Hight.
Mrs. Baker, who died at the age of 93 on Sept. 1 was a former Blade writer for society, music, fashion, and interior design under the pseudonym Lynn Stevenson. Her father was the owner of the Miami Herald.
She had many connections to The Blade. Her husband, the late attorney Bernard Baker, president and chairman of B.R. Baker Co. menswear retail shop, was a Blade corporate secretary. As close friends of Paul Block, Jr., co-publisher of The Blade and his wife, Marge McNab Block, head of the Features Department, Mrs. Baker was the godmother of John Robinson Block, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Blade.
But she was also much more, and will be remembered as a talented, charming, and generous woman.
The classically trained lyric soprano sang in the Toledo Opera, with the Toledo Symphony, and for numerous musical organizations in the city. She helped found the Toledo Opera Guild and was its first board president.
Other active community involvement included the Junior League of Toledo, Family Services in Toledo, the Toledo Society for the Blind, Toledo Council of Social Agencies, the Toledo Hospital Women's Auxiliary, Toledo Animal Shelter Auxiliary, and the Country Garden Club.
A Perrysburg resident until she and her husband moved to the Palm Beach area in Florida, she and her husband were members of Belmont Country Club and St. Timothy's Episcopal Church. Mrs. Baker formed the Ladies Non-Athletic League of Perrysburg.