|Birth: ||Dec. 19, 1918|
Watson (Jefferson County)
|Death: ||May 18, 2002|
Katherine Gaddy Richardson Baker died Saturday, May 18, 2002, at the age of 83.
She was born Dec. 19, 1918, in Walmore, Ala., the daughter of Charles Marshall Gaddy and Maudine Edwards Gaddy.
Mrs. Baker was considered one of Oak Ridge's pioneers. Originally, she was a quality control inspector at the Remmington Arms plant in Salt Lake City, Utah. In January 1944, she and her sister, Mary Ruth, moved to Oak Ridge to work for the Manhattan Project.
She was educated at the University of Tennessee and retired from Union Carbide Nuclear Division as a senior laboratory technician in December 1980.
Her family described her as courageous and determined in her causes, and patient and loving in her care of those around her. She had the ability to laugh at herself and at life's predicaments, they said. Always optimistic, she saw her cup as "more than half full." She was gracious, a loving and wise parent to many, a good neighbor, and a loyal friend, according to her family, who said she always put others' comfort before her own and that her smile and wit brightened each day.
Mrs. Baker was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. She was also a member of the '43 Club, a Girl Scout and Boy Scout volunteer, and an avid crossword puzzle devotée. Her Forest Lane home -- her realm as gardener, carpenter and seamstress -- was an anchor to family, neighbors and friends.
Her first husband, Jasper J. Richardson, Army Air Corps, was killed in 1944 during World War II.
In 1947, she married John E. Baker, a chemical design engineer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and K-25, who died in May 1977.
Mrs. Baker is survived by one daughter, Susan B. Grimm of Gallatin; one son, James M. Baker of Washington, D.C.; three grandchildren, Katherine Grimm, Sarah Grimm and Ian Baker; and one great-grandchild, Kaelyn Smith.
She is also survived by her sister, Mary Ruth Forberg of Paducah, Ky.; and her brothers, Cecil Gaddy of Phoenix, Ariz., Kenneth Gaddy of Oneonta, Ala., and James Gaddy of Greensboro, N.C.
Mrs. Baker felt a special closeness to her future son-in-law, Michael Carberry, and to Midge Snow, a longtime friend.
In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Clara Mae Davis and Sally Elizabeth Knighten; and her brothers, Robert Gaddy, Charles Gaddy and Billy Gaddy.
A funeral Mass will be said at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, in the chapel of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at Weatherford Mortuary.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to the building fund of St. Mary's Catholic Church, 327 Vermont Ave., Oak Ridge, TN 37830.
Published in The Oak Ridger, May 20, 2002
John E Baker (1918 - 1977)
Oak Ridge Memorial Park
Created by: Ron Manley
Record added: Dec 22, 2009
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