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Payton Baker Lake
  • 13 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 3, 2001
  • Place of birth:
    Portland, Oregon, United States
  • Date of passing: Jan 12, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Portland, Oregon, United States
Let the memory of Payton's smile be with us forever

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Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by sarah spella on 12th January 2016

"A year has passed by! I still have students who were in class with Payton tell me they miss her! We all do! She has a new purpose and that is to watch over us!"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Hall Hargis on 12th January 2016

"My thoughts and prayers are with Payton's family and loved ones. At Children's Intensive Therapy (CIT) Payton is one of a very few of our  precious ones that left us way too soon, please note that on February 15th, CIT will celebrate Fallen Hero Day ... to honor the strong and perseverant children - like Payton, who have shown how to endure hardship and come out smiling beautifully! Payton sure did have a beeeautiful smile! <3 Jeni"

This tribute was added by Julie Baker Lake on 3rd March 2015

"As our family honors Payton's birthday today I'd like to extend my sincere appreciation for all of the wonderful tributes that friends and family have posted. Your stories of Payton are a gift we will treasure forever.

All our love,
Julie, Andy, Quentin and Sydney"

This tribute was added by sarah spella on 3rd March 2015

"Happy Happy Birthday beautiful Angel! We are thinking of you and celebrating you today! ooooxxx Teacher Sarah"

This tribute was added by pam hoepfl on 3rd March 2015

"Happy Birthday Angel. I am sure your bright smile and blue eyes are smiling at your family today."

This tribute was added by Andrea Kozil on 20th January 2015

"I am grateful I had the opportunity to know Payton and to work with her at school.  Her beautiful smile will shine on forever in the hearts of the people she touched.  My warm thoughts are with her family."

This tribute was added by Jennifer Hargis on 19th January 2015

"Payton was seen at Children's Intensive Therapy Northwest for a short time. I had the pleasure of doing an intensive session with her ...spending 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 2 weeks with her. Her smile was infectious! She was much fun to work with and she will be missed! Praying for comfort for all her friends and family in this time of sorrow."

This tribute was added by David Baker on 19th January 2015

"Julie, Andy, Quentin, and Sydney,

I thought I knew the meaning of bravery and courage but your family and especially Payton redefined those words for me. Payton had the heart of a lion and her warrior spirit will be with me forever. Uncle Dave"

This tribute was added by Birdie Baker on 18th January 2015

"Dear lake baker family,
The first time I  was old enough to remember Payton I could just see that she was a butiful and the girl that could make people's day by laughing or smiling. She always made people's days by giving everybody a smile and a laugh. I remember that day when we were at black butte and in the back yard and I was hola hooping and Payton just stared to crack up. But even when I was not holahooping she still had a smile and laugh. I am always going to remember that day and the way she laugh and smiled with her butiful blue eyes. I will always remember her in that special place in my hart."

This tribute was added by Holly Menefee on 17th January 2015

"Dear Julie, Andy,Sydney and Quintin- it was such an honor to care for Payton- I will always remember her firm grasp of my fingers, her smiling eyes, her strength and perseverence on difficult days and her beautiful red hair! I was richly blessed to know Payton and your family on that short journey we took together. May God surround you with peace, love and healing."

This tribute was added by Ginny Larner on 17th January 2015

"We love you and your family so much. You always shared with us your compassion and kindness in tough times. Payton shared her smiles and love despite all her struggles. She was truly a gift to all of us helping us realize how fragile and precious life can be."

This tribute was added by Rudrani Borden on 16th January 2015

"I am sending love and light to the family of Payton, and to let them know how much of a blessing it was to care for Payton these past few months. My night shifts were filled with special moments, which on a vibrational level I believe Payton showed me how to be strong in adversity, she was a very strong soul, and I will always be grateful to have met her and shared time with her."

This tribute was added by Peggy McGaugh on 16th January 2015

"I am so sorry to hear of Payton's passing.  She is now an Angel in Heaven and will no longer have pain or suffering! Grandpa Gary was there with open arms to greet her and love her! I will remember her beautiful blue eyes and smile. You are all in my thoughts and prayers."

This tribute was added by pam hoepfl on 16th January 2015

"Payton will forever be an angel with blue eyes that touched the lives of many on this earth. She must have been welcomed in heaven by so many with open arms who were waiting for arrival. Especially Grandfather Gary Baker who can keep her safe in the arms of Jesus. God bless and keep you all safe during this time of tribute."

This tribute was added by Elliza McGrand on 16th January 2015

"Sun from the window moves across P's pillow, lighting her red hair.  She is looking out, blue eyes seeing something distant, unknowable.  A dog barks on the TV screen, moves across a field in a pack of dogs.  P. looks down.  Dogs are leaping, bouncing off each other, sun playing across their fur as sun lights the trees outside her window.  A slight smile flickers across her mouth, eyes.  She is present in that moment, a smiling little girl watching a pack of dancing dogs."

This tribute was added by Carrie Luse on 15th January 2015

"Dear Julie, Andy, Sydney, and Quentin,
I am so sorry to hear that our dear Payton has left us. She always lit up the room with her smiles and joy. Payton taught me so much and she will hold a special place in my heart forever."

This tribute was added by Russ McGillivray on 15th January 2015

"Dear Lake Family:

Please accept my condolences and heart felt wishes for your family. Peyton was a wonderful young lady and was an example for us all with her courageous and determined spirit. Peace be with your family."

This tribute was added by sarah spella on 15th January 2015

"Dear Lake Family;
Payton was a lovely girl with such a bright smile that was contagious! Thank you for sharing her with us for this short time.  May you all feel peace knowing she has made a difference in so many lives.  She has made me a better, more creative teacher and I am grateful."

This tribute was added by Mary Painter on 13th February 2014

""...and this is the weaving of human living; of whose fabric each individual is a part; each is intimately connected with the bottom and the extremest reach of time; and not one of these things nor one of these persons is ever quite to be duplicated nor replace; but each is a new and incommunicably tender life, wounded in every breath, sustaining, for a while, without defense, the enormous assaults of the universe."  (By James Agee & Walker Evans)~~~
    So very glad to hear she is doing better.  I hope she continues to improve and we see her again soon."

This tribute was added by Gina Barnes on 12th February 2014

"I send my love and support to Payton and her family - I hope she continues to get stronger so she can come back to school. We miss her, her sweet smile and her sparking blue eyes."


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