Margaret Therese Baker, 92, Taught Economics in Framingham, Gardner, and Spencer

FRAMINGHAM – Margaret Therese Baker, 92, of Peterborough, N.H., formerly of Rindge and Keene, passed away peacefully early Friday morning, June 22, 2018, in the comfort of her home, after a brief decline in health.

She was born in Framingham, on Dec. 1, 1925, the daughter of James Dewey and Helena Barbara (Devitt) Geoghegan.

She graduated from Framingham High School with the Class of 1943, and from Framingham State College with a BA in education.

After graduation, she worked in and traveled around Europe for a few years.

On June 21, 1958, she married Richard Albert Baker, in a ceremony in Framingham.

They just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary before her passing.

She taught home economics in both the middle and high school in Gardner, Spencer and Framingham, Mass. She also worked for the Dairy Council in Worcester.

She was a faithful Catholic and an avid reader, particularly of Catholic readings; she enjoyed sewing and weaving, and making crabapple and grape jelly for the family. She also volunteered at the Well Child Clinic. When the summer months came, she would spend time with her family at their summer cottage on Lake Winnekeag in Ashburnham, Mass.

She is survived by her husband, of 60 years: Richard A. Baker of Peterborough; her children, Richard A. Baker Jr. and his wife, Leisa Mingo, of West Newbury, Mass., John Baker and his wife, Betsy, of West Boylston, Margaret Aldrich and her husband, John, of Holliston, Bill Baker and his girlfriend, Janice Edson, of Dublin, Tom Baker and his wife, Janice, of Auburn, N.H., Mary Westcott and her husband, Kevin, of Swanzey, and Henry Baker and his wife, Julie, of Newton, Mass.; 20 grandchildren; her sisters, Jane Cosman and her husband, Henry, of Sherborn, Mass., and Rose Geoghegan of Natick, her brothers, Lawrence Geoghegan and Tom Geoghegan and his wife, Linda, of Framingham, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is predeceased by James, her second son, who passed away shortly after birth, and her sister Mary O’Rourke.

A mass of Christian burial will take place on Tuesday, June 26, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 87 Main St., Jaffrey. Rev. Wilfred Deschamps will officiate.

Calling hours are Monday, June 25, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Burial will take place after the service in the family plot at the New Cemetery, 121 Main Street in Ashburnham.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Margaret’s name to the St. Benedict Center, P.O. Box 627, Winchester, N.H. 03470. Please put “School Fund” on the memo line.

To share memories, photographs or condolences with Margaret’s family, please visit her permanent online memorial at

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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