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Katherine (Kay) Baron

Katherine (Kay) Baron died on April 9, 2021 at the age of 70 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Born in Jersey City, New Jersey on May 5, 1950 to Edward and Ella (Qualters) Kenny, Kay was raised by close family after her parents and grandmother died. It was an experience that created life-long bonds with her cousins across New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

After graduating nursing school in Pennsylvania, Kay lived abroad in Germany before returning to the US, serving for a year as a Vista Volunteer, and then moving to Tucson, Arizona when she was 26 years old.

While in Tucson, Kay worked as an Emergency Room nurse and trained paramedics before moving to Phoenix. She spent many years as an AirVac flight nurse before she met the love of her life and future husband Robert (Bob) Baron, an emergency room physician.

After retiring from full-time nursing, Kay raised two beautiful daughters in the Arcadia area of Phoenix. In addition to dedicating countless hours to her children, she was involved in multiple local non-profit and service organizations, including helping to start a local Chapter of the National Charity League. Kay also continued her dedication to nursing by getting her Masters of Nursing degree.

Later in life, Kay’s favorite activities included spending time with her granddaughters, listening to the desert rain and using her special talent of talking with many friends and family. She is survived by Bob, her husband of 37 years, her daughters Alexis and Lindsey (Evan), as well as two granddaughters, Marcella and Madeline.

A Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, April 16, 2021 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E Indian School Rd. in Phoenix, with a maximum of 50 people in the building at a time.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday April 17, 2021 at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 5045 E Thomas Rd. in Phoenix, with a maximum of 250 attendants. Both events are open to all friends and family.

Please be considerate of COVID-19 precautions, especially if you are not fully vaccinated. The worst thing we could all do is get sick or sicken someone else while celebrating the life of Kay.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Vincent de Paul ( or Hospice of the Valley ( Condolences may be expressed at
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