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Xanthe Nancy Baker (Thanos)

September 3, 1926 - June 21, 2014


On Saturday, June 21st 2014 Mrs. Nancy Baker, long time resident of South Slocan, B.C. at 87 years. She passed away peacefully and in good care at Jubilee Manor, Nelson ending a long struggle with Alzheimer’s.

She is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Stanley Baker of South Slocan, her children Penny Stuyt (Pete) of Cherryville, David Baker (Brenda) of Millarville, Alberta and Peter Baker of North Vancouver. She is survived by her brother Don Black of Keremeos, and sisters Helen and Carol of Squamish. She also is also survived by her grandchildren Marci-Lyne(Shawn), Margaret(Cary), Jordan, and Brandon and her great grandchildren Allashua(5) Jerrika(5) and Aiden(3 mos)

Nancy was born as Xanthe Thanos, in Coleman, Alberta and moved to Vancouver from the Crowsnest Pass at age 2 with her mother Ena on the sudden passing of her father Alex Thanos, a confectioner and owner of the Palm Café in Coleman. In Vancouver, her mother married her adopted father Donald Black and in time became big sister to  Helen, Carol and brother Don. She attended Vancouver Technical School in Vancouver and developed a passion for Sign Painting,  Calligraphy and Art. Working at Spencers Sign Shop with Dorothy Baker(later her sister-in-law) honed those skills.

In 1947, on New Years Eve, she married Stan Baker also of Vancouver and recently discharged from the Royal Canadian Navy. They moved to the Kootenays where Stan found employment with West Kootenay Power and where they built a home in the village of South Slocan on Baker Road above the village store and post office.

As well as a homemaker and great mother, Nancy was well known in South Slocan, Nelson, and in the Slocan valley as a contributor to the community and a frequent writer to the Nelson Daily News. She also served as a School Trustee, and as the last School Board Chairman of Slocan School District. She was a founder Selkirk College, and involved in the establishment of the Aviation program there. For many years she lettered by hand each and every one of the Selkirk College graduation diplomas. In those years she also took many College courses, including those in Business administration and law.

Nancy worked in a number of Nelson businesses including Carmichael Paints, Kalyniuk Insurance services, Fidelity Life, and the local ICBC office. Later she ran her own business, “Signs of the Times” and was well known for hand lettering many local signs, boats, semi trucks. Her work even included some lettering for the movie Roxanne, shot in Nelson. A special place in her heart were the fire trucks that were refurbished by Selkirk College that were distributed throughout the smaller communities in the province. She also especially loved the lettering and pin striping, (by hand) big rigs, logging trucks and boats.

Nancy shared a passion for the outdoors and the Kootenays with her husband Stan and was for many years a member of Kootenay Mountaineering Club and was editor of the Kootenay Karabiner for a time. She cross-country and downhill skied at both Nelson and Rossland. She was into health foods and nutrition throughout her life, campaigned against junk mail and for women’s rights. She loved to garden, cook and bake. Her family all have our favorite recipes of those days.




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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Lenore Stewart
Relation: My Aunt

Thinking of you all. My talented Aunt! Always enjoyed her company, tofu milkshakes, pop up books and her kindness. Xo

From: Merla Ridge
Relation: A friend

I’m sorry I didn’t know of Nancy’s passing until today in the paper. Please accept my deepest condolences Stan, Penny, David and Peter, I use to talk to Nancy nearly every day while Harold was in Jubilee also. I hope she went peacefully and now is doing her art work again.

From: Ivor Gibbons
Relation: relative through marriage

Dear Stanley and Family

We were so sorry to hear of the sad passing of Nancy. We feel blessed to have met her upon our visit to Canada and were touched by the warmth of the welcome extended to us.
I was reading the notice of passing again last night and what Nancy achieved and what she did for others in her life time is so very impressive. At such a difficult time I hope it is of some consolation that she enjoyed life to the full and had such a positive impact on those that she came into contact with.
Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. God Bless

With sympathy
Ivor and family

From: Rob & Lavonne Ross
Relation: Family Friend

Sending the family our deepest condolences in the passing of Nancy your wife and mother. We were just some of the kids that grow up in South Slocan knowing that the lovely house above the Catholic Church was “the Baker’s” home. I appreciated spending time with Nancy while on my visits with Dad in Jubilee. I always saw her as a quiet soul.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
September 3, 2014
Beginning at 1:00pm

Chapel of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.
613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T2

613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T2

Memorial Gifts

Alzheimer Society of BC
West Kootenays
809 Davies Street,
Nelson, BC V1L3T6


Nelson Jubilee Manor
500 West Beasley,
Nelson, BC V1L6G9 




Thank You Notice

Thanks to Dr. Trevor Janz and all the Nelson Jubilee Manor staff from her family.

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