Volunteer who was ‘granny’ to needy children
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