Catherine “Katie” Barker
Emma Catherine “Katie” (nee Toms) Waddell Barker, age 93, a 53-year resident of West Chester, OH, was born January 26, 1926, in Cains Store, KY. She was the first of two girls born to the late James “Watt” Toms and Euphia (nee Emerson) Toms. Katie went to be with her God on November 26, 2019, at Commonwealth Sweet Memories Unit, in Williamsburg, VA. Katie’s younger sister, Charlene (nee Toms) Pierce (Norman) preceded her in death.
Katie was married to Howard J. Waddell who preceded her in death. They had one child. Katie became a widow at 20. She remained a widow until 1963, when she married M. Paul Barker. Paul preceded her in death, leaving her a widow twice by the age of 50.
For more than 35 years, Katie worked at the General Electric Jet Engine Division in Evendale, OH, from which she retired. Katie loved to quilt, hand piecing her patterns. She also crocheted and cross-stitched, making many cherished items. She loved to color and do crossword puzzles. She was very independent.
Katie was active in the Ladies’ Oriental Shrine, Bona Ct No.8, Cardinal Chapter #149 O.E.S. and the Ladies of the Nile in Cincinnati. She was a member of Tri County Baptist Church prior to moving to Williamsburg.
Katie is survived by her daughter, Nancy Carol (nee Waddell) Ramundo-Adams (James) and two granddaughters, Lori Anne (nee Ramundo) McClure (William G.) and Erica Brooke (nee Adams) Harris (Chad A.). Also surviving are three great grandchildren, Kieran Shae McClure; Addison Isabella Harris and Harper James Harris. She is also survived by a brother-in-law, Norman Pierce (Charlene), a sister-in-law, Brenda Mangold (Dan), a nephew Roger T. Pierce and niece Sheila L. (nee Pierce) Barker (Billy Jo), as well as several Great nieces and nephews.
Services will be December 7, 2019 at the Southland Baptist Church, 2485 Springdale Road, Cincinnati. Viewing will be from 9:00 am – 10:00 am. Service is at 10:00 am with Burial in Arlington Memorial Gardens, 2145 Compton Road, Cincinnati following the service.
Katie enjoyed small children as witnessed by many. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: Operation Smile, P.O. Box 5017, Hagerstown, MD 21741; Shriners’ Hospital for Children, 3229 Burnet Avenue #3018, Cincinnati, OH 45229; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or donor’s favorite charity.