Colleen Welsh-Baker

Obituary of Colleen Welsh-Baker

Colleen Welsh Baker, 71, most recently of Putnam, CT, passed away surrounded by loved ones on August 4th 2017 following a lengthy illness.
In her own words, Colleen was a mermaid, Boho hippie, gypsy, goddess, artisan, guitar-playing chaplain and Nurse Practitioner.
Colleen studied nursing science at SUNY Empire State College.  She worked for many years independently, in hospitals and as part of multiple practices throughout CT and NY.  Nursing was her passion; she found fulfillment taking care of patients, family and friends with the knowledge she obtained throughout her career and after.
Always a spiritualist, Colleen ministered mentally, physically and emotionally to those in need, incorporating many elements into her nursing practice.
In retirement, Colleen continued to share her medical knowledge, as well as polish her many skills in other areas.  A self-taught craftswoman, she made jewelry, soaps and embroidery, sewed, baked, practiced interior design and played guitar.  She continued to find time to learn anything that interested her.  Colleen also traveled extensively, always being happiest at the beach.
Colleen is survived by her children: Robin, Jeff, Todd, Darren and Carryn, and their families.  She is also survived by her siblings: Bill, Neil, Lynn, Sally, Kelley, Kathie, and Scott, as well as many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews (some of whom she made her home), and friends. 
Colleen was predeceased by her loving husband Lloyd and her sisters Kerry and Stacey. These losses, in addition to other life trials, gave her the bravery to accept with serenity that her time to leave this world was here. 
Family and close friends are invited to attend a celebration of life for Colleen on August 20, 2017 at 1pm at Smith and Walker Funeral Home, 148 Grove St. Putnam, CT.  Reception to follow at 10 Carey Ave in Central Village, CT (Plainfield). Share a memory at www.smithandwalkerfh.com