Marion Fairfax Baker, 98, died on September 29, 2016 at Carol Woods Retirement Community. Marion was born in Charleston, West Virginia on July 24, 1918 to Henry Reginald Fairfax and Nell Virginia Randolph Fairfax. She grew up in Brookhaven, Mississippi, graduated from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, worked as an editor at the Methodist Publishing House in Nashville, Tennessee, and lived for many years in Tampa, Florida. She later lived in several other cities including Bogotá, Colombia, before moving to Chapel Hill in 1983.Marion devoted herself to her family, friends, church, and community, and was involved in service everywhere she lived, including literacy programs, the League of Women Voters, and the Interfaith Council for Social Service. She was a spirited woman with a sly sense of humor who disliked cooking, liked practicing Spanish, and loved driving her 1965 Mustang. An informed and vigilant political liberal, she ran a one-woman clipping service for a wide circle of relatives and friends. Marion was a gracious and outgoing person who went out of her way to care for others, and her family and friends will remember her fondly.Her husband, Collin Baker, Sr., died in 1996. She is survived by children Collin (Yasuko) Baker, Jr. of El Cerrito, CA; daughter Ann (Michael Lienesch) of Chapel Hill; daughter Cary Leigh (Bob) Kinkead of Klamath Falls, OR; grandchildren Nick (Kathryn), Elizabeth (Claire), Daniel (Pam), and Kendrick; and great-grandchildren Ben and Louisa. Her family wishes to thank the staff and community of Carol Woods, where she spent many happy years.A funeral service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, October 8 at Carol Woods Retirement Community, 750 Weaver Dairy Road in Chapel Hill. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Interfaith Council for Social Service, 110 W. Main Street, Carrboro, NC 27510; Chapel of the Cross Memorial Fund, 304 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514; Carol Woods Resident Assistance Fund, 750 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill, 27514; or a charity of your choice.