Former Town Councilor, Lt Cmdr. U S Navy (Ret)., Norma F. Baker, age 92, died
November 17, 2020, at the Maine Veterans’ Home in Scarborough.
She was born March 18, 1928 in Portland, a daughter of Emerson Dyar Parlin and Gladys Juliet
For many years as a child she spent summers in Old Orchard Beach working with her father at
Emerson’s Candy on the Old Orchard Beach Pier. She moved to Old Orchard Beach permanently in
1973. She later moved to the Pines, a retirement community in Ocean Park, where she resided until ill
health, when she moved to Maine Veterans’ Home in Scarborough.
Norma was educated in the Portland Public school system graduating from Portland High School.
Following her high school graduation she attended and graduated from the University of Maine in
Orono with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Government. She later graduated from the Naval School of
Justice and the Navy Post Graduate School.
Norma was employed for several years as an Office Manager in the Medical Practice of Dr.
Brown, until her retirement.
Following the death of her father she continued to operate Emerson’s Candy Store in Old
Orchard Beach for several years until she finally retired from actively working. The store is still operating
under the ownership of Mike Dickinson, who apprenticed and worked for Norma’s father while in high
Prior to being elected as a Town Councilor, she served on the Town’s Zoning Board of Appeals,
License Ordinance Revision Committee, Citizens Advisory Committee and the Charter Commission.
She is survived by a nephew, Michael E. Parlin of Branchville, South Carolina, 2 nieces,
Susan Garcia of Hunter’s Chapel, Florida and Cheryl Winsor of McDonough, Georgia.
Due to Covid 19, a Funeral Service with Military Honors will be held at a time and date to be
announced at the Southern Maine Veterans’ Cemetery , 83 Stanley Road, Springvale.
Condolences may be sent to www. oobfh.com
Arrangements are under the direction of the OLD ORCHARD BEACH FUNERAL HOME, 36
PORTLAND AVENUE, OLD ORCHARD BEACH.