Beloved wife, mother, grand- and great-grandmother, Shirley E. Baker of Huntington, New York, passed away peacefully at Huntington Hills Nursing Home in Melville, NY on October 19, 2021. She was 99 years old, just three months shy of 100.


Born January 31, 1922 in Queens, New York, she resided in Huntington for the past 67 years. A graduate of Jamaica High School, she received a Bachelors and a Master’s degree in Education from Hofstra College. Shirley served in the United States Navy as a Wave during World War II (1942-1945- US Navy (Waves)- Yeoman) and received an Honorable Discharge in 1945.


Shirley worked 1950-1955 in Island Trees School- Grade 5 Teacher.  Shirley was an elementary school teacher at both the Woodbury Avenue School and the Jefferson School for Huntington Union Free School District #3 for 35 years.  (1955- 1962- HUFSD)- Woodbury Ave- 4th Grade Teacher, (1962- 1980- HUFSD)- Jefferson- Fourth Grade Teacher. In 1972 she was selected as one of America’s Most Outstanding Teachers. (1980- 1984- HUFSD)- Jefferson- Third Grade Teacher.

After her retirement, she helped with the care of her grandchildren and her mother and volunteered at Huntington Hospital, with her husband Bill and at St. Johns Church in Cold Spring Harbor.

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She is survived by her sons Jeffrey and Chris, and her grandchildren Joshua, Sarah, Colin and Annelise, and her Great Grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 29, 2021, at St. John’s Church in Cold Spring Harbor, NY. The burial will follow and the family will receive friends at Shirley’s home at 40 Carnegie Avenue, Huntington, NY.


Shirley will always be remembered as one of the warmest and most encouraging human beings anyone could know. She was an elegant lady, who shepherded a great family and encouraged a generation of students. She leaves a wonderful legacy to our world.  

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