Laura "Kathy" Kathleen Baker
March 9, 1948 – July 7, 2019
Laura Kathleen "Kathy" Baker, 71, of Atlanta, formerly of Savannah passed away on Sunday, July 7th after a long and courageous fight with Alzheimer’s disease. Kathy is survived by her daughter, Kristen, son-in law, Tim, two Grandchildren, Abigail and Baker Weeden, her sister, Nancy Maas and two nephews, Phillip and Matthew Johnson. Kathy was predeceased by her loving husband, Anthony "Tony" Baker and her parents, Nan and Paul Mansfield. Kathy was born in Commerce, Georgia on March 9, 1948 to the late Nan and Paul Mansfield. She grew up in Albany, Georgia and graduated from Georgia Southern. After graduating from Georgia Southern she went to work for IBM in Miami, Florida. It was in Miami where she met the love of her life on her first day. We are still not sure how a New Yorker charmed a southern lady from Albany, Georgia, but it was love at first sight! Kathy was a wonderful mother to her only child, Kristen. Carting her from one activity to the next when she was younger, attending all of her sporting events, always sewing her Halloween costumes from scratch and always packing a homemade lunch that was the envy of all during her school days. She was an amazing cook who loved to entertain, always insisting that they be made from scratch. Even though she did not enjoy sewing, she was very talented and could design and sew just about anything for her home. Kathy also adored her Standard Poodles, first there was Rosie and then Reggie came along. She always insisted on bathing and grooming them herself, because she could do it best. It was always a site to see her, hair and make up done while trying to pin down a 50 lb dog!
Tony, Kathy, and Kristen lived in many places across the United States and world, New Jersey, Maryland, California, Connecticut, and Tokyo, Japan. But it was in retirement that she and Tony felt they found their perfect home and community in Savannah, Georgia. In Savannah, Kathy took up golf and bridge and she and Tony loved to travel. She especially enjoyed her trips to Atlanta to visit her grandchildren and entertaining them with lots of Blue Bell Ice Cream. They brought her so much joy and happiness.
We would like to thank all of the wonderful caregivers and the team at Somerby who over the years were like family to us and especially to Mom. A special thank you to, Lissy Gayle, Brenda Jackson, and over these final months Audrey Higgins and Ashley Octavius who truly were an extension of our family. They treated Mom as if she was their own mother and we are forever grateful for their dedication and compassion.
A celebration of Kathy’s life will take place on Thursday, July 18th at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church with Rev. Don Harp officiating. A reception will immediately follow at the Capital City Club in Brookhaven.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Kathy’s name to: Goizueta Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Emory University Health Sciences Development,1762 Clifton Rd, NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30322.
The Chapel of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church
3180 Peachtree Rd. NE
Laura "Kathy" Kathleen Baker
July 18, 2019
To Kristen, Abigail, and Baker.
Thank-you for allowing me into your lives today in such a personal moment. I loved your mother/grandmother and my friend for so many reasons. She was a beautiful soul and I feel blessed to have known her. I can see her in you.
Have a wonderful life. Now that she is watching 24/7, continue making her proud.
The pics I shared of Kathy at the service are on my computer. They are not great, but typical of young Kodak film from the Dinosaur age, The wallet size pic (shown here) from school (if you don't already have an 8x10 glossy) I just found and scanned this morning. It still needs a few more touches. My email is associated to this and my previous note should you want those in digital form.
God be with you and yours.
400 Venue Way; Apt 4410
Alpharetta, GA 30005
July 17, 2019
I was part of that small group at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Albany. We learned about life and about our Lord together and spent so many special memories together. I am sorry I lost track of Kathy as I became a flight attendant and also my family moved from Albany. She was always smiling and she had the most loving and sweet personality. She was a big influence in my life during that time and I hope I also gave her some good memories. The disease that took her away at a young age is a difficult one for the entire family. I lost my mother to this disease and my prayer is for understanding and healing for all who suffer. May God Bless Kathy’s daughter, Kristen, and grandchildren as well as Nancy!
July 17, 2019
Kathy & I were part of a small group of teens from Albany High School (GA) which met through the youth ministries of the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Albany, GA (which we all attended). A core group of around 6--an extended group consisting of 4 or so more.
My dad was the youth leader during that time. For 3 years we were together 2-3 days a week in the middle of some diverse group activity which might include softball and bowling; beach trips and camps; crazy cruises around the small town in which we lived or late night stops for Krystal's, Ice cream cones, or shakes. Kathy was in the middle of it all.. always smiling.. always happy.
After high school some of us went to Georgia Southern like Kathy. Others to Valdosta State, etc. Yet we stayed close to whatever was going on in the others lives. The ladies especially enjoyed giving their advice to the guys of the group. We dated within the group at times, but found our close friendships much more appealing and much more fun.
I personally remember visiting Kathy & Nan during Nan's struggles late in her life. Kathy was ever strong. Ever loving. Ever beautiful.
That closeness in our group followed and kept us in touch throughout life since. Through the years we got to know, at different levels, Kathy's parents, Kathy's sister Nancy, and Tony. Beautiful all.
The light that was Kathy remains within us. Her bright smile, that which we remember most.
I speak for our little youth group from Albany to Kristin and the family. Your mom, grandmother, and loved one was a beautiful spirit.. and remains, not only in our memories, but part of our personalities.