Karen Baker May 23, 1943 April 9, 2017 Sparks resident Karen A. Baker, 73, passed away April 9, 2017. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Karen moved to Reno in 1976, then to Sparks in 2001. In the Nineties, many people knew her as that smiling face behind the Smith's bakery counter and the busy preschool teacher at Small Wonders Learning Center. After leaving Smith's, she continued teaching young children. She was still teaching until her death for a total of 26 years. In her younger days, Karen was an accomplished professional actress, appearing in theaters around the east coast. The stage was her first love. Karen is survived by her husband of 48 years, Tom, sister Joan Meussner, son Ian, daughter Laurel, grandson Elric and granddaughters Xia and Sefira Bouzek. She will be dearly missed by family and the many friends who knew her as an extraordinary human. God bless you, Karen.
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