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Saratoga Springs Constance M. Baish, age 96, formerly of Embury Apartments, died Sunday morning, April 13, 2008 at Saratoga Care Nursing Home

Born on July 7, 1911 in Lake Luzerne, she was the daughter of Ai L. and Bertha (Whittaker) Ives. She was a graduate of Hadley Luzerne Schools and Oneonta Normal School, where she earned a degree in education.

She married Alfred Baish in 1940 at the family home on River Road, Lake Luzerne.

Connie taught at one-room schoolhouses on Towner Road and River Road, both in Lake Luzerne, Stony Creek and later at Moriahville Schools. Alfred and Connie moved to Florida and Connie then worked as a librarian at Boynton Beach Public Library. Following Alfred's death in 1987, Connie moved back to the area, settling at Embury Apartments.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lake Luzerne.

She enjoyed quilting and had made several baby quilts, which she donated to a children's hospital in Texas. She also enjoyed crocheting afghans. She had made a total of 76 afghans that were all given to family and friends throughout the years.

She was predeceased by a son, Peter Baish; two sisters, Zilla Guernsey and Marion Tubbs; five brothers: the Rev. Leonard Ives, Brighton Ives, the Rev. Paul Ives, Sterling Ives, and Leroy Ives.

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Survivors include one sister, Bertha Petersen of Pennsylvania; one grandson, David Cameron of Corinth; two great grandchildren, Sean Cameron and Samson Cameron; two foster daughters, Christine Abrams of Florida and Bonnie Harpur of Texas, whom she raised after the untimely death of her brother, Sterling Ives, as well as many other nieces, nephews and cousins.

There are no calling hours scheduled.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 20, 2008 at the First United Methodist Church of Lake Luzerne, with the Rev. Myron Ducharme, pastor, and the Rev. Richard Johnsen, retired Methodist minister, co-officiating.

Burial will be in Luzerne Cemetery, Lake Luzerne.

Special thanks to Betty Schwaeble, Rosemary and Ann for their faithful support, and to the staff at Saratoga Care Nursing Home, whose genuine compassion and excellent care will never be forgotten.

Contributions in Connie's memory may be directed to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or to the First United Methodist Church of Lake Luzerne, Main St., Lake Luzerne, NY 12846.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Brewer Funeral Home, Inc., 24 Church St., Lake Luzerne.

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