Christine L. Baker

ORANGE — Funeral services were held on Friday, May 19,  at Witty’s Funeral Home in Orange for Christine L. (McLaughlin) Baker, 97, of King James Court, East River Street, who died May 11, at Quabbin Valley Healthcare in Athol. 

The Rev. Dr. Megan Leary of the Orange Central Congregational Church officiated. Interment followed in South Cemetery, Orange. The bearers were Greg Metevier, Larry Fisher, Peter Mallet, Brian Spear, Tom Smith and Aliya Cole. 

A reception was held at Herrick’s Tavern in Orange following the committal service. 

Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, was honored with directing the arrangements.

ORANGE — Christine L. (McLaughlin) Baker, 97, of King James Court, East River Street, died on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at Quabbin Valley Healthcare in Athol.

Born in Madrid, Maine, she was a daughter of the late Carl W. and Edith H. (Banks) McLaughlin and graduated from the Phillips High School of Maine in 1939, as well as the Kennebec School of Commerce in Gardiner, Maine. Christine had also taken nearly two years of business courses at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner.

While living in Maine, she worked in clothespin mills in Phillips and Strong, later becoming the clerk for the Kennebec County Farm Bureau in Augusta, Maine. She worked from 1944 to 1945 as a government Civil Service employee in Anchorage, Alaska, where she was able to release one serviceman for duty elsewhere. She moved to the Athol-Orange area in 1961, coming from Connecticut.

Christine had worked as a bookkeeper, secretary, payroll clerk, and in accounting in various small offices through the years before retiring for health problems.

After retiring, she did work one year at the Sanders Street School in Athol.

Christine had belonged to the Athol Grange, was a charter member of the Central Mass. Genealogical Society in Westminster, served as a member of the King James Association, was a former Camp Fire Girls leader, and member of the TRIAD for Senior Citizens in Orange.

Her nieces and nephews are Betty Jean Wilbur of Middlefield, Conn., Clarice M. Hodges of Dixfield, Maine, Martin L. McLaughlin of Norway, Maine, James W. McLaughlin, Robert K. Mecham of Phillips, Maine, Stanley B. Mecham of Williamsburg, Va., Amy E. St. Pierre of Phillips, Maine, Jill M. Bernier of Gloucester, Maine, and Dennis W. McLaughlin of Phillips, Maine, as well as other relatives, Ruth Bunnel and Rowena Jordan.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by brothers, Richard C. McLaughlin, Kenneth W. McLaughlin, and sisters, Hilda E. Paul and Lilla M. McCourt.

A calling hour will be held on May 19, from 10 to 11 a.m., at Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., on May 19, at Witty’s Funeral Home.

Interment will follow in South Cemetery, Orange.

Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, is directing the arrangements.

You may offer your sympathy online at www.wittyfuneralhome.com.

ORANGE — Christine L. (McLaughlin) Baker, 97, of King James Court, East River Street, died Thursday, May 11, 2017, at Quabbin Valley Healthcare in Athol.

Funeral arrangements are pending with Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange.

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