Rose M. Baker, 90, antiques appraiser

January 22, 2003

Rose M. Baker, an antiques appraiser and founder of an antiques business, died of heart failure Friday at Vantage House in Columbia. She was 90.

Born Rose Mellor in Baltimore, she moved with her family early in life to Manhattan Beach near Severna Park. She was a graduate of Girls' Latin School.

Mrs. Baker established Rosie's Antiquery in Severna Park in 1970, and later moved the business to Savage Mill. She retired in 1996.

She was a past president of the women's auxiliary of the Crownsville state hospital and volunteered in a reading program at St. John's Elementary School in Columbia. She also knitted caps and blankets, which she donated for newborns. She was an avid bridge player and a member of several card clubs.

In 1975, she married Francis D. Baker, an electrician who died in 1999.

She was a member and elder of Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, 611 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park, where a memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. today.

Mrs. Baker is survived by four daughters, Dolly Smith of Severna Park, Sandie Rizzo of Severn, Lynn Wagner of Annapolis and Janice Weil of Oakland, Calif.; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

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