- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Katherine “Kay” Spencer Baker, a resident of the District since 1933, died Aug. 19 at her home. She had been ill for several years and had been under hospice care since November. She was 95.

Born in Factoryville, Pa., she graduated from Shaw High School in East Cleveland, Ohio, in 1929, and attended Western Reserve University. She studied physical therapy and laboratory technology at the University of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, where she met Dr. Wyrth Post Baker. They were married May 12, 1933, in Jenkintown, Pa., and then moved to his hometown of Washington.

In addition to assisting her husband in his medical practice and raising four children, Mrs. Baker was president for several years of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Homeopathic Medical Society of the District of Columbia, which met at Sibley Memorial Hospital, where her husband was on staff. In 1960, when the hospital moved into a new facility, she became a member of the Sibley Volunteer Service and served in the surgical waiting room for several decades. In 1990, she was the first recipient of Sibley’s Special Service Award for 30 years of service.

The Bakers were members of Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church in the District. Mrs. Baker worked every Sunday in the church library, visited shut-in parishioners, and helped coordinate bazaars, book sales and a weekly bridge group.

Mrs. Baker worked for the D.C. Board of Elections for more than 30 years, serving at the 9th Precinct polling place from 1964 until the late 1990s.

The Bakers were members of the Montgomery Sycamore Island Club on the Potomac River and the Columbia Country Club. They taught their children to swim, canoe and play tennis, and led them on many family camping trips and other excursions. In later years, the couple were members of several square-dance clubs that kept them dancing several nights a week until they were well into their 80s.

Survivors include four children, Clark Post Baker of the District, with whom she lived; Diane Baker Ames of Quechee, Vt.; Wyrth Spencer Baker of South Burlington, Vt.; and David Elven Baker of Temple Hills; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ruth Lynch, of Southampton, Pa. Her husband died April 18, 2003, three weeks before their 70th anniversary.

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