Kathryn Gloria Baker
Born June 19, 1942 - Died January 7, 2021
Kathryn Gloria Baker, a beloved mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend to many passed away, at her home that she loved, surrounded by the overwhelming love of her family and caregivers and with the faith that she is now in the arms of our loving God.
Kathryn was born in Alhambra, California to Robert Parker Baker Sr. and Irene Mei Baker and grew up in Benicia and South San Francisco. Kathryn's mother passed away when she was only six years old. At that time, she was put into the care of the Dominican Sisters in Benicia and San Rafael where she was given the gift of mentorship, education and the Love of the Sisters, always centered in the Lord. Dominican education is highly regarded for its academic rigor and she was inspired by the Sisters to do anything her heart and mind imagined. Kathryn graduated from South San Francisco High School in 1960.
It was with inspiration and determination that Kathryn began a career in insurance in 1976, following in her father's footsteps in a time when the insurance business was a male dominated industry. Kathryn was a trailblazer and became the first female State Farm Insurance agent in Northern California. She would comment that it was "the good-ol"-boys club" and jokingly that, "a woman has to work much harder than a man to prove herself but that's not really that hard to do". Kathryn retired in 2016 after 40+ years of service to her clients.
Kathryn worked hard to inspire and support others through her work as a Rotarian and with the Daly City Chamber of Commerce, advancing goodwill and peace through health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. She made strong friendships with her fellow Rotary members of the Daly City chapter and she was so proud to serve with them.
Kathryn was authentically a good person, she was honest, loyal, forgiving and had a compassionate heart for everyone she met. She was fiercely independent and would speak her mind. Kathryn was the epitome of elegance and grace, she always carried herself with dignity and always demonstrated respect for others. Kathryn never complained, she was an internal optimist, always looking for the positive.
Kathryn was preceded in death by her late husband John C. Vincent Jr. in 1986. She is survived by her sons, John C. Vincent III and his wife Maria and Joseph A. Vincent and his wife Jo-Anne. Her special joys (grandchildren) Brandon M. Vincent, Monica Delia (Nick), John C. Vincent IV, Ryan J. Vincent, and Gabriel D. Vincent. Her happiest times were when she was in their company.
Kathryn is also survived by her brother, Robert Parker Baker Jr. and his wife Karen and their children Rachel Devine and Richard Baker. She will be missed by her loyal and treasured caregivers Irma Osorio and Tania Andrade, former colleagues at State Farm Insurance, friends and former colleagues of the Daly City Rotary, friends and neighbors at the Gramercy on the Park, her cousins Kathy and Ron, her long-time friends Vickie Wong, Carolyn Basso, and Janet Aldinger, the Vincent family (Hawaii), the Colombo family, the Rinaldi family, the Capinpin family, parishioners at St. Matthews Catholic Church San Mateo, the Sisters of Dominican family, the De La Salle High School family, and the Serra High School family.
We would also like to send our gratitude to the many staff, nurses, and doctors at Mills Hospital San Mateo and Mills-Peninsula Burlingame hospital, Peninsula Post-Acute care, and Sutter Care at Home Hospice, you are our heroes! To our friends and work colleagues, thank you for your support during this difficult time.
A celebration of life will be scheduled for Kathryn after COVID subsides. Kathryn will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Colma, California (www.dignitymemorial.com
). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rotary International (www.Rotary.org
) and/or Sutter Care at Home, PO Box 160045, Sacramento, CA 95816 on behalf of Kathryn Baker.