Cynthia Caceres Baker
1982 - 2013


Cynthia (Caceres) Baker was born in Lima, Peru in 1982. When she was 12 years old, she migrated to Memphis to reunite with her family who had sought access quality health care for her brother two years prior. Cynthia comes from a strong family lineage that includes her great great great grandfather, Andres Avelino Caceres, who was a 3-time president of Peru and considered a national hero. But despite her beautiful looks and amazing charm, you wouldn’t have known that impressive family lineage when you spoke to her. While having a vibrant presence, she dispensed it like silk; and focusing her sincere attention on others rather than herself.

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 attended high school at Immaculate Conception High School graduating in 2001. Then went on to earn her Bachelors of Science degree from Christian Brothers University in 2005, and finally earning her Dental Degree from the University of Tennessee-Memphis in 2010. Cynthia met her soon-to-be husband during dental school while at the Phoenix Club Luau Party. They started dancing there and continued to shut down every dance floor in town that night. They married on June 4th, 2011. Having moved to Little Rock, Arkansas months earlier, they both not only followed their chosen professions, but went about thrusting themselves into the local community. Cynthia followed in her family's line of service by using her free time to be on the Board of Advisors for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Arkansas Dental Association's New Dentists Board. Beyond the public service, Cynthia was willing to help friends and family in need of anything should they ask.

She always helped others with a smile on her face and happiness in her heart, truly making every experience count.

Cynthia was survived by her husband and dance partner, Lawson Reid Baker of Little Rock, Arkansas (formerly of Memphis, Tennessee); daughter of Edgar ("Pepe") and Luz Caceres of Memphis, Tennessee; 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.

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, February 5, 2013, the heart of the world skipped a beat, waiting, asking, "What are we going to do now to change the world?"

While she will no doubt be missed here on earth as she touched so many people, rest assured heaven just received another angel, bright smiled and ready to serve. Please consider donating to the Children of Peru in Cynthia’s name. We think this to be the best way to honor the life of such a sweet, warm, and giving person.

You can donate online through Paypal with your credit card by clicking below:

You can also send a check (in USD and from a bank in the USA) made payable to Children of Peru Foundation (with Cynthia Caceres Baker written on the memo line) to:
   Children of Peru Foundation
   340 East 64th Street, Suite 2G
   New York, NY 10065

All donations are 100% tax deductible in the US.

This memorial page will be updated in the evenings with the donations and messages received.

$     20 Margaret Johnston - In Memory of Cynthia Carolina Baker
$     25 Rachael Montunnas - In Memory of Cynthia Baker
$   100 Gretchen Rogers  In honor of Cynthia Carolina Baker. Our Deepest Sympathy,
            Ron Smith, Gretchen and Jordan Rogers
$   150 Bobby's Chicago Bike Hike - From the Staff of Bobby's Bike Hike - Little Rock
$     25 Ismahen Kadrie
$   100 Jonathan Shively
$     50 Greg and Haylie Geske
$     25 Betsy and Howard Woodyard
$     25 Susannah Acuff
$   100 John Crouch - With love from Clay & Andrea Crouch
$   100 Amy Ankar-Burdette - Cynthia's loving spirit will never be forgotten
$     25 Laura Redden
$   100 Nancy Cromie - With love from all the Cromie family
$     50 Kelli VanHouten
$     30 Kimberly Archer
$     25 Molly Louthan
$     50 Susan Nichols
$     25 Rachael Scott
$   100 Robin Park - Much love, Robin and Mike Phebus
$     25 Cam Acuff
$     50 Karla Crowson
$     25 Susannah Monk
$     50 Christopher Mosteller - Lawson, our prayers are with you
$     25 Mary Jo Lewno
$     30 Robin Daugherty - Donation from Ski and Robin
$   100 Mika Tucker - From the Shadid/Tucker Family: Michael, Joy, Mika, Carson,
            Quinn & Sammi
$   100 Kathy Brewer
$     10 Georgia Falgoust
$   100 Vaishali Patel - For my amazing B. Forever u will be in our hearts. You will be
            missed dearly. I love u.
$     50 Brett Ragsdale - In memory of Cynthia Baker from the APIC Memphis Chapter
$     50 Kate East
$     25 Lauren Browder
$   150 Lindsay Wall - On Behalf of Longhouse Capital Advisors.
$     25 Miguel Sanchez
$     50 Scott Nelson
$     40 Bernard Bach
$   100 Nell Lyford
$     50 Tuyet Van
$   100 Matthew Whitley - In Honor of Cynthia Carolina Baker
$     50 Katie Spencer
$   100 N Yvonne Baker
$     25 Stan Eisen
$     50 Lauren Marcum
$     50 Joseph Brown
$     50 Mariah Mayfield
$     40 Lauren Mitchell
$     30 Gail Glassell - From Brenton and Gail Glassell
$   100 Lee Harpool
$     50 Kari Gano
$   100 David Snoddy
$     50 Debbi La Rue
$   100 Stacey Prentice - thinking of you all, Tyler and Stacey Prentice
$     25 Gregory McCarroll
$   100 Sarah Phillips
$   150 Kristin Clark
$     60 Cimone Heisel
$     50 Daniel Holsinger
$     25 Susan Taylor
$     50 Katherine Smith
$     25 Rebecca Engstrom - Becky Engstrom and Louise Ketcher
$     25 Douglas Frank
$     50 Erin Steib
$     25 Kristi Davis
$   100 Wick, Becca, Tatum and Strauder Spears -
            "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to
            create many ripples" ~ Mother Teresa
$   100 Biff and Nancy Vinson
$     50 Bobby Ankar
$     50 Brandon Kitchens
$   100 Edmond Hurst
$     25 Margo Miles - A shining star gone too soon
$   100 Bradley Jacobs
$   100 Jack, Nelson, Jones & Bryant, PA
$   500 Gene & Annette Lawrence
$     25 Shawna Engel
$     30 Chelsea Sudbury
$     50 Charles and Susanne Steele - Our prayers go out to her husband, Lawson
            and her family.
$   285 Melanie Evans - To honor Cynthia, From the Hamilton Family Dentistry, Dental
$     50 Monica Maples
$     50 Angie Sutherland
$     50 Wendy Brooks
$     50 Clare Gruber
$     51 Sejal Patel
$     25 M. Taylor Mitcham
$   100 Monique Flynn
$   100 Travis Hutchinson - In loving memory of Cynthia Carolina Baker, from HHM
            Wealth Advisors, LLC
$   100 Kyle Hataway
$     50 Amanda Ivey
$   100 Jennifer Elton - Our thoughts & prayers are with you. Love, Jennifer & Glenn
$   100 Sheffield Nelson
$   100 Memphis Medical Specialists - From the Physicians at Memphis Medical Spec.
$   200 Crews & Associates
$     50 Marshall Hughes
$     75 Kenneth Dyer - Love K.C. and Janice
$   500 Jolly Dental Group - Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lawson and families.
            Cynthia leaves a void that will never be filled. Robert Jolly
$     50 Linda Crump 
$     50 Michael Vogel
$     50 Austin Grimes
$   100 Jane and Lowry Kline
$   151 Bob Dalsania - You will be missed Cynthia. Love, Bob & Chandni
$     40 Kimen Spiotta
$   100 Karen N. Scatamacchia - Our thoughts and prayers are for all your family.
            Pete and Karen Scatamacchia
$   100 Eugene Spiotta
$     50 Arkansas State Dental Association
$     40 Karen Metz
$     50 Emily Terral
$     50 Adam Epperson
$     50 Prudential Realty Center - Ruby Coffee, Susan Jensen Flower Fund
$5,000 SEF - Jim & Judy Baker and Lawson Baker. We love and honor you Cynthia
            Caceres Baker. May you rest in peace knowing you are making a difference in
            the Children of Peru
$   100 Annamary Thompson - Much love from Greg & Annamary
$     25 Ellen Joe
$   100 Bianca Clark
$     50 Hollye and Larry Spiotta
$   100 Rajiv Grover
$   100 Stacy Johnson
$   100 Philip, Jana & Savannah Neri
$   100 Kari and Paul Phillips
$     60 Hadley Eblen
$     60 Craig Renaud
$   100 Catherine Minor - In memory of my dear friend Christian's sister Cynthia. We
are so saddened by her tragic loss and wanted to do something in honor of her life. With love, Catherine, Patrick, Lily & Paige Minor
$     50 Tiffany Robinson
$   200 Pam & Buffy - To our beautiful sister, rest in peace sweet angel & don't ever forget us, keep us safe under your tiny wings. We love you & will miss you forever.
$   100 Joseph & Kimberly Pitts
$     50 Beth Flanagan
$   100 Tressa Taliaferro
$     50 Dannis Weathersby - You are a reminder to me that love, beauty & kindness can live on with our loved ones.
$     50 Elizabeth Bowers
$     20 Theresa Ivey
$     20 Virginia Smith
$     30 JaneBrooks Moss
$     20 Stacey Prentice
$   100 Caroline Williams
$    40 Erin Phillips - Good luck on your journey, Lawson! Cynthia's legacy is truly inspiring. Much love - Erin Cloye
$   100 Dixi & Ann Smith
$     50 Cheryl Baker
$   850 William & Jennifer Smith
$   350 Edgar Caceres & Peruvian Association of Chattanooga



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