Widow dies rock climbing in Hawaii during ‘healing vacation’ with daughter, 3

A Kentucky woman mourning her late husband took her 3-year-old daughter to Hawaii and died falling 75 feet from a cliff.

The 37-year-old mother from Louisville was identified on Facebook as Jamie “Nicole” Redmon Baker. The physical therapist was climbing a cliff located in “Chutes and Ladders,” a hiking area in Maui that’s described on Venture the Islands blog as “not for the faint of heart” and geared toward “extremely experienced” climbers.

Maui County Fire and Public Safety officials told Maui Now that around 11:30 a.m., the woman fell 75 feet while climbing up a cliff. Bystanders started CPR and according to KITV, she was taken by helicopter to Kahekili Highway for more rescue efforts. However, Baker died right there.

The Lexington Herald Reader reports that Baker and her daughter had taken a “healing trip” to Hawaii after the June 2017 death of her husband Lonnie, a 35-year-old physical therapist, and Baker was familiar with that particular cliff.

“This was a healing vacation for her and her small child. RIP Nicole,” a friend of Baker reportedly wrote on Facebook. “We will take care of Carson. Hug Lonnie in heaven and know everything will be OK here.”

Baker’s sister did not respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment. She posted an obituary on Facebook Wednesday that read, “She was a very precious daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend who touched the lives of many.”

Baker’s employer Signature Health told Yahoo Lifestyle, “Nicole was family to all of us at Signature HealthCARE of East Louisville and will be greatly missed. She always had a positive attitude with a smile that could brighten anyone's day. She was so devoted to her patients and her patients loved her dearly. Today we mourn her loss, but also celebrate her spirit and are truly blessed to have known her. She will not be forgotten and we continue to keep her family and friends in our thoughts and prayers.”

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