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Frances Ann (Edmundson) McCain Baker

October 31, 1939 ~ December 7, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old

Frances McCain Baker Obituary

It is with heavy heart that we bid farewell to our beloved mother, Frances Ann Edmundson. “Ann” McCain Baker, lived her life fully with great enthusiasm and joy right up until her sudden passing on December 7, 2023, from her home in Christmas Valley, Oregon.

She was born on October 31, 1939, in Seattle, Washington to Clarence Dale Edmundson and Alma Elizabeth Bane. Ann was the youngest daughter who cherished and was cherished by her two older brothers, Skip and Doug. Ann would learn of loss at a very young age, as her mother passed away when she was only six. Her father remarried a vibrant woman, Mona Black, a widowed mother with two sons Russ and Dale. “Clank” and “Moon” raised this family with much love, song, and celebration. Our mother carried the joys and sorrows with her throughout her life, she shared stories and the spirit of her family with a gleam in her eye and a lot of heart and soul!

 Ann is survived by two of her brothers, Doug Edmundson and Dale Jewett, her sister-in-law, Ginny Russel and by three of her four children: Laurie Ann McCain (Albert), Lisa Beth Thomas (Andy), and Matthew Jonathan McCain (Sheryl). Her eldest son, William Robert McCain preceded her in death and now reunites with her in heaven, along with her grandson, Maxwell Emerson McCain.  Her husband William “Bill” Conway Baker also preceded her in death in 2021, one month before his 101st birthday. In addition, she is survived by seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and many beloved nieces and nephews. 

 Ann was quick with a story, telling how she met our father in high school and that it was love at first sight. They fell in love on a hayride! They were married after high school and quickly found the responsibility of parenting four children by the time they were 26 years old. She was an amazing, loving, responsible and devoted mother and wife. Every night Mom would tuck us in, and we would say our bedtime prayers together. Mom was selfless and on her Halloween Birthday she ensured we were costumed for trick-or-treating before attending to her own celebration. Family traditions were always important in our family. We all have memories of her involving us children in candy making and pulling snow taffy for Christmas. Every Christmas Eve we would celebrate the magic in her folks’ home, and every Christmas day my dad's family would come to our home! Thanksgiving was always in our dining room and Mom was sure to involve us in the meal preparations.

Our family spent countless days with family at the Edmundson beach cabin enjoying holding back the tide and playing cribbage while watching the moon set over the bay! We'd spend countless days camping with friends, and regular visits with cousins, family and friends. The songs she and our dad sang would fill our home and always reminded us of the love they shared!

Time and events changed her course, and she would find a new love in Bill. Mom and Bill lived a life few could possibly imagine! Her strength of spirit and adventure were allowed to soar to new heights as she and Bill took on simultaneously creating a beautiful homestead, which often involved remodeling projects and even raising cattle where Mom assisted in delivering new calves! Mom even mastered driving a backhoe! She planted stretches of evergreen trees and held many memorable family reunion events at their home in Ellensburg, keeping the Edmundson Guest Book alive from previous generations.

Mom and Bill, remodeled homes in many places including Sudden Valley, Ellensburg and Oroville, WA, while every summer operating a fishing tender, which had been built by Bill, in the Alaskan waters of the Prince William Sound. There they brought fuel, fresh water and groceries to the fishermen and they collected their fish and brought those back to the canneries.

Mom always had a way of bringing magic into her experiences and sharing these with her family back home. She had a favorite island where she'd pick wild blueberries and freeze them to distribute to all of us back home. She and Bill also loved to can salmon and share back home as well.

Every year Mom and Bill would work on their home until summer then head off to Alaska to operate the fish tendering business; and every winter would “snowbird,” meeting up with friends on the Arizona-Mexico border, where they enjoyed panning for gold!

One summer in Alaska, their boat sank in a fire and Mom lost her photographs and recipes. She did make sure to grab her purse with her ID so she could “be identified.” Luckily, someone was close by to rescue all of them from their lifeboat and everyone was safe. This boat fire did not end their fish-tending days as Bill would acquire a new, grand tender and they would carry forth enthusiastically with their crew for several more years.

After their fish-tending days ended their passion for summers in Alaska did not and they became camp hosts in Chicken, Alaska for many summers to come. Mom wrote letters home, including beautiful drawings of the flowers she’d seen and the tales of adventure she was having. They helped many people, some who didn't have the fuel or the food they needed. They were very generous, experienced and gracious hosts and they shouldered many responsibilities. Mom used to brag that she had the best smelling outhouses at camp, using dryer sheets to make them smell fresh.

Mom and Bill canned many things every year. It was a passion of theirs which Mom continued through her life even up to the very last month when recently she and Terry (her caregiver) canned fresh peaches and Terry shared that she learned very much about canning from Mom in that one event.

Eventually they chose Christmas Valley, Oregon, to settle into quiet camaraderie, developing many new friendships. Our mother was a true friend to everyone she would get to know. She was a gift, and she gave of her charms through her joyous wit and wisdom. She always had time and attention to give to those in need and she loved fiercely with all her heart, mind and soul. Her cheerful voice, dancing eyes, warm heart, adorable funny expressions, bubbly effervescent personality, incredible character of integrity, compassion, generosity, loving heart and beautiful dimpled smile will be missed.

Services and a Celebration of Ann’s Life will be held at a date yet to be determined. 

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