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Cynthia Carolina Baker

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Published: February 8, 2013

CYNTHIA CAROLINA BAKER, born in Lima, Peru and living in Little Rock, Ark. (formerly Memphis, Tenn.) passed away Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 from a sudden illness.

If ever there was a life lived in but 30 tender years, Cynthia was the example of how to live it. She was the rose that life itself stopped to smell. She was a light that will forever burn in our hearts and souls. No doubt the fashion world and shopkeepers mourn as she was the one that they all wished to dress. Style and vibrancy bottled up in the present moment, no one who ever met her could ever walk away with anything less than a smile.

Cynthia was survived by her husband and dance partner, Lawson Reid Baker of Little Rock, Ark. (formerly of Memphis, Tenn.); daughter of Edgar ("Pepe") and Luz Caceres of Memphis, Tenn.; daughter-in-law of Jim and Judy Baker of Memphis; sister of Edgard Caceres of Memphis, Christian Caceres (Brad) of Chattanooga; sister-in-law of Austin Baker (Page) of Memphis and Becky Crucifixio (Nicco) of Memphis; mother of her puppies, Coco and Ema; grandchild of Mercedes Paz Bejar and Theodocia Toppe Gonzalez; lovingly accepted into the families of Lawson's grandparents Dr. Eugene J. Spiotta Sr. and Dorothy Spiotta and Anna Leatherwood Baker of Memphis. Cynthia was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Claudio Caceres; maternal grandfather, Manuel Gonzalez Moran; and Lawson's grandfather, James A. Baker, Sr.

Cynthia was a member of Holy Souls Catholic Church, a dentist at The Dental Clinic in North Little Rock and a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Dentistry, a graduate of Christian Brothers University, a graduate of Immaculate Conception, student of Santa Rosa de Lima, a member of the Board of Advisors of Arkansas Symphony and a resident of River Market Tower.

A reception of family and friends will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 at Memphis Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at noon on Saturday, Feb. 9 at St. Peters Catholic Church with burial to follow at Memorial Park. Immediately following the burial, a celebration of her life will be held at Owen Brennan's Restaurant. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in her name be made to the Children of Peru Foundation at

A presence that could change the aura of a room upon entering, Cynthia looked life in the eye and said, "I have lived you to the fullest. What have you done?" On Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, the heart of the world skipped a beat, waiting, asking, "What are we going to do now to change the world?"

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