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Obituaries: Kathleen Baker McDonald

April 18, 2023

April 27, 1933 – April 13, 2023
Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY

On Thursday, April 13th 2023, Kathleen Baker McDonald, passed away at age 89 in Newburgh, New York with her husband and son by her side.

Born April 27, 1933 in Clinton, Arkansas to Estelle Hamilton and Lester B. Baker, Kathleen earned a degree in education from the University of Central Arkansas. There she met Thomas B. McDonald, who would become her husband of 65 years. The couple married September 10, 1958 in Tunica, Mississippi before relocating to Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York. Kathleen taught the 5th grade at West Point and was an invaluable member of the faculty. She retired in 1988, when she became a full-time grandmother of five grandchildren.

Kathleen possessed the rare gift of knowing that goodness, kindness and beauty can be found in everyone. Those lucky enough to have been in her orbit experienced first-hand her kindness and ability to empathize. She loved art, flowers, gardening, animals, and nature, but at heart, children were her real passion. She nurtured and tended to the people in her family and community with a patient dedication that was unparalleled and will be sorely missed. Kathleen passed when the Hudson Valley was bursting with life and color—vibrant yellows, purples, and pinks—reminding us of her lifelong choice to see the world as a beautiful place.

Kathleen is survived by her husband Thomas B. McDonald, son Thomas B. McDonald Jr. and his wife Sandy, her five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

A memorial luncheon will be held on Thursday, April 27th at 35 Meadow Avenue, Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, 12520 from 11am-2pm.

Arrangements are entrusted to Quigley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Inc.; to send condolences, please go to


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