J. Riches Baker, 54, of Route 180, passed away Tuesday
morning, May 14, at her home.
Calling hours will be held 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at
Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., 214 Sterling St., Watertown.
The funeral mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday, May 17,
at St. John's Church, LaFargeville, with Rev. Arthur LaBaff
officiating with burial following in Grove Cemetery.
Sally was born in Watertown on December 3, 1958, daughter of
James H. and Martha M. Phillips Riches, and she had attended
school in LaFargeville.
Her first marriage ended in divorce. She married Richard C.
"Rick" Baker on Dec. 23, 1995, in Watertown.
She had worked as a cook and waitress at Longway's Diner,
then ran Great Gifts & More, a craft and gift shop, from
their home when they lived on NYS Rt. 37.
Mrs. Baker was a lifetime member of the Agricultural Museum
in Stone Mills and was active in the Stone Mills Craft Fair
with her husband. She was a avid horse lover, raised
registered Belgian draft horses, and was a former member of
North Country Draft Horse Club.
was a magnificent cook and baker, and enjoyed entertaining
friends and family at special dinners. Sally enjoyed
camping, Saturday night bonfires, and crafting. She was
always ready and willing to help someone in need.
Besides her husband, Rick, and her mother, Martha M. Riches,
of LaFargeville, Sally is survived her daughter and her
fiancee, Nichole M. Phillips and Joe J. Paige, Brownville;
her son and his wife, Kevin A. and Rhonda J. Phillips II, W.
Carthage; her four grandchildren, Samantha, Tyler, and
Elizabeth Phillips and Alex Taber; her brother and his wife,
Joe and Cindy Riches, Rutland; her two sisters and one
brother-in-law, Kathy and Gerald Amyot, LaFargeville and Sue
Newman, Watertown; sister-in-law, Mari Jo Riches, AZ; one
uncle and aunt, Charles and Gertrude Solar, Clayton; and
several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by
her father, James, her sister, Diane Riches, and three
brothers, Clarence "Clay", Richard G., and Baby
Donations in Sally's name may be made to Hospice of
Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., or Assoc. for the Blind
& Visually Impaired of Jefferson County, Inc., 321
Prospect St., both in Watertown, NY 13601 or to American
Diabetes Assoc., P. O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
Condolences may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.
Information provided by Cummings
Funeral Service and Newzjunky.com, Watertown