SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Marcia Lynn Worth-Baker of South Orange, NJ, a local journalist, educator and community supporter, passed away Sunday, Sept. 13, in St. Barnabas Medical Center. She was 48.

The memorial service will be held at the Morrow Memorial Church (600 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood) on Sunday, Sept. 20, at 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Born in Saginaw, Mich., Worth-Baker grew up in Paterson, NJ, and for the past 19 years has resided in South Orange. She received her B.A. degree in English from Mt. Holyoke College in 1988, and her master's degree from Teachers College at Columbia University in 1990.

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Worth-Baker was a writer, educator, and served as the editor of Matters Magazine and of the South Orange Patch. Worth-Baker also contributed to the New York Times, her most recent article is here.

Marcia Worth-Baker was the beloved wife of David W. Baker; devoted mother of Abigail C. Baker, James L. Baker, and Charles D. Baker; loving daughter of Catherine T. Dwan and Larry D. Worth, and stepdaughter of Donald A. Dwan and the dear sister of John D. Worth. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Morrow Church UMW for mission outreach at are appreciated.