? Arlene Grace Taylor Baker ?followed the scent of eternity in her heart? and departed our world Tuesday May 22, 2018, following a struggle with the evil of cancer. She was born in Pittsburgh, PA on March 22, 1951, the daughter of the late John and Irene Bailey Taylor.
?? Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Clayton W. Baker; their son, John C. (Carina Orr) Baker; a brother, Scott L. (Sandy) Taylor of Waterford; a dear cousin, Elaine Schneider and her family of Pittsburgh; and many loyal and dear girlfriends.
After attending a different elementary school each year, she was able to stay at Westlake Junior High, graduating from McDowell High School in 1969. While in school she was active in many organizations but shined brightest with her musical and theatrical skills. She loved performing with the Millcreek Mill Players and in many productions at school. She was active in her youth group at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Millcreek, where she also sang in the choir. She enjoyed playing the piano and viola, as well.
Arlene graduated from Edinboro University in 1973 with BS in secondary English. Later, she received Masters degrees in Secondary English, and School Administration. She loved language and was a ferocious reader throughout all her life. Her teaching career spanned 22 years, first at Conneaut Lake and then Conneaut Valley High School. She also provided leadership and negotiating talent as the President of the Conneaut Education Association during her tenure there.
After her retirement from public education, she taught environmental education at the French Creek Outdoor Learning Center. Many students enjoyed her ?in character? presentations over her 8 years there. In later years she attended senior classes at Allegheny College, and volunteered with several local outreach organizations. Her church home become McLane Church where she also enjoyed singing in the choir.
A short woman, she had a larger than life presence, and was never afraid to make her thoughts known. She loved to tease and laugh, and enjoyed being with friends and family often. Her kind consideration of her niece and nephews, and their children have built a legacy of generosity and class. She was simultaneously gracious, loud, silly and thoughtful, a complex personality who engendered fierce loyalty to and from her family and friends.
Friends may call at the Van Matre Family Funeral Home, 306 Erie Street, Edinboro, PA 16412 on Thursday, May 24th from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., or Friday, May 25th from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service there at 11:00 a.m.
Memorials are gratefully appreciated, and may be directed to the Women?s Care Center of Erie County 4408 Peach Street, Suite 101, Erie, PA 16509.