Danielle Baker

Obituary of Danielle Christine Baker

On the morning of Saturday, March 26th, 2022, we lost the heart of our family, our beautiful mother, Danielle Christine Bezeau-Baker. Though it was a shock how soon she left us, Dani—as husband Darin Baker lovingly called her—passed in the way she wished: peacefully and in the arms of he and their daughters.

Danielle's husband and their daughters, Natalie and Jillian Baker, survive her, as do her parents, Marjorie and John Bezeau. Danielle leaves behind brother Ryan Bezeau (Amy Bezeau), parents-in-law Jean and Bruce Elliott, and father-in-law Lester Baker (Cheryl Scott). Furthermore, her sisters-in-law, Lori Ann Farris (Jason Farris), Sherry Elliott (Dean Tidd), Dawn Magee, and brothers-in-law, Steven Baker (Denise Dodge-Baker), Paul Elliott (Bobbi Anne Elliott), and Terry Elliott (Bernadine Elliott) will miss Danielle. Finally, Danielle will live on in the hearts of close cousins Melony and Michael Melanson and Mark and Vicki Sorhaindo, best friends Suzanne and Alan Reeves, and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives she loved dearly.

It is impossible to capture Danielle's beauty, radiance, and boundless compassion. Born July 5th, 1974, Danielle attended New Ross Consolidated School, graduating in 1992, before completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Saint Mary's University, Class of 1996. After earning her degree, Danielle secured a highly sought-after position at Halifax's Sisters of Charity. She married the love of her life in 1999, and in 2001 and 2003, respectively, welcomed Natalie and Jillian into the world. In 2004, Danielle took a position at Chester Home Hardware to be closer to her young family in New Ross. Like with everything she took on, Danielle brought a brightness and new colour to the business: acting as a true leader, running many successful 'Ladies' Night' events and Relay for Life teams, and organizing Chester Home Hardware's first online presence.

Danielle was unimaginably brave, even when, time and time again, she found herself on the wrong side of the worst odds. In October 2020, Danielle was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, and in November 2021, liver cancer. She was quiet about her struggle. She consistently fought to stay positive but effortlessly maintained an immense concern for others' welfare until the end. Even while undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, and surgeries, Danielle supported her family and community. In 2021, she raised over $1000 for the Canadian Cancer Society's 'Run for the Cure' initiative and, thus, received their Determination Award for being the third top fundraiser in her region that year.

Still, the energy Danielle put into ensuring her family's every happiness is known as her most exceptional quality and was unparalleled. She was Darin's lifeline and her daughters' protector. We will miss her smile, her unmatchable love for all people and animals she encountered, and her radiant energy—which put the magic in every family outing, birthday, and Christmas. We will miss her affection for the sappiest and most predictable Hallmark Christmas movies, feel-good love songs that reminded her of Darin, surprise chocolate bars, and her fur babies.

Darin, Natalie, and Jillian would like to thank Danielle's phenomenal nurses at South Shore Regional Hospital for working tirelessly to keep her comfortable during her last stay, Danielle's cancer care team for trying limitlessly to provide her family with hope during situations that became increasingly hopeless, and the friends and family who went out of their way to support Danielle over the past two years.

Danielle's visitation will be on April 15th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the New Ross Funeral Chapel, 4935 Hwy 12. On Saturday, April 16th, her funeral will be at 2:00 pm in the New Ross Anglican Church. A reception will follow at the New Ross Legion. All family and friends from any point in Danielle's life are welcome to attend and celebrate her. Please note it was important to Danielle, having experienced life as a vulnerable person in the pandemic, for guests to value the wellbeing of others and wear protective masks while in attendance of the above events.

If it is a comfort to you, you may make donations in Danielle's name to the Canadian Cancer Society or IWK Foundation.

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