Vol­un­teer who was ‘granny’ to needy chil­dren

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Family Announcements - by Mike Ben­nett mben­nett@thek­m­group.co.uk

ST MARTIN’S Church in Ald­ing­ton was packed on Fri­day for the fu­neral of 97-year-old Cather­ine Baker, who was known to every­one as Kitty.

She moved to Ald­ing­ton in 1986 and be­came one of the best known char­ac­ters in the area.

Born in 1911 in Lam­beth she mar­ried on Christ­mas Eve 1931 and had six chil­dren, of whom three daugh­ters and a son still sur­vive.

Af­ter the death of her hus­band she came to the vil­lage and wanted some­thing to oc­cupy her time.

So she be­came a vol­un­teer “granny” to chil­dren at Calde­cott Com­mu­nity at Smeeth, join­ing them for hol­i­days and birthdays, and vis­it­ing for teas and overnight stays, un­til she re­tired in 1992.

She also be­longed to the vil­lage WI, Women’s Royal Bri­tish Le­gion, Gar­den­ing So­ci­ety, 8 o’clock club and Ald­ing­ton gen­tle ex­er­cise club.

She died in the William Har­vey Hospi­tal af­ter a short ill­ness.

Her other pas­sion was travel and she went to New Zealand five times, Nor­way, Ger­many and France, and was looking for­ward to an­other planned trip to New Zealand when taken ill.

Cather­ine “Kitty” Baker

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