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Mary Augusta Van Shutts (Pemberton)

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Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States
Death: Died in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
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Daughter of Clifford Pemberton and Helena Augusta Pemberton
Wife of unknown Van Shutts
Ex-wife of Alfred Thornton Baker, Sr.
Mother of Thornton Baker and Hobey Baker, Capt.
Sister of Rebecca Clifford Hare; Helen Clifford Pemberton; John Pemberton; Augusta Keller and Frances Rawle Dade

Managed by: Alice Zoe Marie Knapp
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About Mary Augusta Van Shutts

Mary was known as a Philadelphia socialite, born into a notable family and was the niece of Civil War General John Pemberton. On April 22, 1889 she married Alfred Thornton Baker with whom she had two sons, Alfred Thornton Baker Jr. and Hobart Amory Hare Baker, the famous athlete Hobey Baker. Alfred was a Princeton graduate and was in the business of upholstery manufacturing. By 1903 Alfred and Mary had separated and their divorce proceedings were reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1905. After the divorce she married Frederick Van Shutts. After his success in college sports, her son Hobey enlisted in World War I and became a fighter pilot. He was killed in France just after the end of the war in December 1918 due to an accident flying his aircraft one last time. Despite her redcued financial situation, Mary arranged to have his body was returned to Philadelphia in 1921 and buried at West Laurel Hill Cemetery. Hobey had often been compared to an almost mythic figure, and his cousin had written a poem lamenting his death using mythological imagery, which Mary had carved on his gravestone. Around that time Mary lived with her husband at the Colonial Hotel in Philadelphia at Spruce and 11th Streets. In 1940 they lived at 6930 Cresheim Road in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia, and then moved to 302 E. Chelten Avenue in nearby Germantown. Frederick died in 1944 of a stroke and Mary moved to the Fairview Home for the Aged. She became ill due to cancer and in March 1948 was moved to the Sacred Heart Home hospice, where she died two days later. Her sister Augusta Ingham was the informant on her death certificate, and Mary was cremated at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, where her son and husband were buried. However her ashes are not listed as having been buried in their plot, and their disposition is unknown.

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Mary Augusta Van Shutts's Timeline

1869
September 12, 1869
Pennsylvania, United States
1890
1890
Age 20
Pennsylvania, United States
1892
January 15, 1892
Age 22
Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States
1948
March 28, 1948
Age 78
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States