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Katrina Bradshaw (09/13/1958 - 11/16/2013)


Katrina Baker Bradshaw passed away into the loving arms of God on Saturday, November 16, 2013. She was born on September 13, 1958, in Gettysburg, Pa. She was 55. She was the daughter of William and Marguerite Baker of Creagerstown, Maryland, and the wife of Jerry Bradshaw of West Point, Va.
She attended Thurmont Elementary School, Thurmont Middle School, and graduated from Catoctin High School in 1976. Mrs. Bradshaw received a degree in Beef, Sheep, and Swine Animal Production from Clemson University in South Carolina in 1980. In college she was president of the Gamma Sigma Sigma Clemson players and president of the Block & Bridle Club. She also received a degree in Marketing. Mrs. Bradshaw also received her Masters in Business Administration.
Katrina was the President of the East/West Marketing Company, Executive Director of the Build-A-Plane Company, and Director of Advertising for EAA in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Marketing & Communications Consultant for Washington Labs, Marketing Consultant for Avemco and for AOPA. She also had worked for NBAA.
Katrina loved marketing and the many people with whom she worked and met in her career. She loved the problem solving in her work that she encountered daily. She also loved being with her family, reading, and gardening, and taking vacations to Maine. She also loved being with her 6 dogs and one cat, Patsy.
Katrina is survived by her son, Nicholas Baker Bradshaw, whom she adored. She is also survived her mother, Mrs. Marguerite Baker, by her brother, William E. Baker and wife Denise, her sister, Rebecca Cross, her brother-in-law Timothy Bradshaw and wife Nancy, her sister-in-law Gloria Meetze and husband Donald, her niece Erika Cross and fiancé, Donald, her nephew, William Cross and wife Caroline, and numerous other nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Bradshaw was preceded in death by her father, William G. Baker, her brother –in-law Lenny Cross, and her sister – in- law Kay Blackburn, and paternal grand-mother-in-law, Ms Carrie Bradshaw.
There will be 2 memorial services, one in Maryland and one in West Point, Va. The Maryland memorial service will be on Friday, November 22, 2013, at 1:30. It will be at the Linganore United Methodist Church, 8921 Clemsonville Rd., Union Bridge, Md. 21791. The Va. Memorial service is still being planned.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Katrina’s name to the Linganore United Methodist Women and to the West Point United Methodist Women in West Point, Va. Mrs. Bradshaw’s sister, Rebecca Cross, will accept donations on her sister’s behalf at 7 Monocacy Ct., Walkersville, Md. 21793.


Guestbook

11/19/2013 10:20:14 AM
To Katrina's Family and to her EAA ",family",,
Katrina came into my life in 2006, when my husband Dan Johnson and I, toured with EAA on the Sport Pilot Tour route. It was her idea that we had to have a name for the RV we were owned at the time, so we named it ERV.

She was always a friendly face, and so helpful on so many occasions. I will miss seeing her at all of the EAA events.
My deepest sympathy goes out to all who knew and loved Katrina.

Randee Laskewitz
Port Orange FL.
Submitted by: Randee Laskewitz 795961
11/19/2013 3:50:37 PM
Katrina came into my work life so far back it took me a while to resurrect the mental tapes of where we worked and when it happened...and best of memory, we both had jobs in the D.C. community of aviation people - her with an association, me with an airline trade magazine. Seldom do we find people with such enthusiasm and a good nature about the challenges of their work. Katrina was one of those, and she was smiling as usual through some show challenge when we last conversed at NBAA in October.
Sadness is short of the impact her passing spurs and our thoughts go out to her family and her extended family of friends.
Submitted by: Dave Higdon 465009
11/19/2013 4:16:36 PM
Katrina was a dear friend and valued business partner of Sporty's for many years. While we worked with her on many projects, two really stand out. One was her involvement with the Build A Plane teachers day, where she invited us to share with educators some details about Aviation Exploring, a program vital to the future of aviation. Katrina was also a champion of the Next Step program, where 23,000 EAA Young Eagles have already been given free access to Sporty's Learn to Fly Course. Both of these projects showed Katrina at her best: driven, passionate and full of common sense. Her positive attitude, her grace and her commitment to the future of general aviation will especially be missed. She truly did leave the world a better place.
Submitted by: Sporty's Pilot Shop
11/19/2013 6:40:06 PM
Impact. When I think of Katrina, I think of not only the impact she had on me since I've known her, but her impact as a person, a professional, a friend. She could not be ignored when she walked into a room. She had a fire in her belly to question the status quo, to make things better, to add a little fun. Her strong and persuasive personality made her a natural leader. And she was a wonderful listener. She impacted me because when she asked you how you were doing, or ",How's the family?", it was not just a passing platitude, it was a genuine question asked with concern and empathy. Even after she was diagnosed and facing a questionable prognosis, she was still nurturing relationships and checking in with friends to make sure THEY were doing okay. Katrina made an impact on my family, too. Even though my wife only met her three or four times, she felt like Katrina was a family friend, not in the casual friend-me-on-Facebook kind of way, but in an authentic way she became part of our family. She was special. She was memorable. She will be missed. Katrina made an impact.
Submitted by: Michael G DiFrisco
11/20/2013 10:34:59 AM
Katrina was such a sunny person! Always on the run and always glad to help. She was very thoughtful and nice to me and our company during the short time we had with her. I always got a big hug from her and I will miss her greatly.
Submitted by: Tom Peghiny 382902
11/20/2013 1:48:22 PM
I really liked Katrina’s get it done attitude and glowing smile! She was fun to work with and I always felt like I was dealing with a sharp, quality individual who added a lot of value to EAA.
I’m glad to have known Katrina and will always hold good memories of her.

To all her friends and family, please accept my most sincere condolences.
Submitted by: Phillip Lockwood 211596
11/20/2013 5:25:03 PM
I struggle to think of Katrina not being by my side- a friend indeed through many challenging times. Her concern for others, always from the heart, was unending. As she battled for her life, she still had time and compassion to care about her friends, to reach out to them to offer her support and assistance. Her compassion and concern, her integrity and honor, were her trademarks. It is what made her so special both in her career and in her personal relationships. I will miss her deeply and in my own way, seek her ",counsel", regularly. Just asking myself - what would Katrina do - will keep me on track.

I will get a pair of multi-colored ",cheaters", and prop them on my desk! Under her gazing eyes - may you rest in peace.
Submitted by: Elissa Lines 740373
11/20/2013 7:27:12 PM
I want to add my voice to those who worked with Katrina, and are saddened by her passing.

I first met Katrina at the AERO Friedrichshafen show in Germany, in March 2009. As an advertiser she always treated us well, and was always professional in her negotiations. But she went beyond that to bring a warmth to the job. When I met her at three or four shows during each year, I was always greeted with a large smile and enthusiastic hello.

Aviation is a small industry, and it is fun industry because of the wonderful people and kinship you find. Losing Katrina means losing one of the aviation family, and she will be missed.
-Robert Hamilton
President, Dynon Avionics
Submitted by: Robert Hamilton 712650
11/20/2013 7:27:29 PM
I want to add my voice to those who worked with Katrina, and are saddened by her passing.

I first met Katrina at the AERO Friedrichshafen show in Germany, in March 2009. As an advertiser she always treated us well, and was always professional in her negotiations. But she went beyond that to bring a warmth to the job. When I met her at three or four shows during each year, I was always greeted with a large smile and enthusiastic hello.

Aviation is a small industry, and it is fun industry because of the wonderful people and kinship you find. Losing Katrina means losing one of the aviation family, and she will be missed.
-Robert Hamilton
President, Dynon Avionics
Submitted by: Robert Hamilton 712650
11/21/2013 12:36:43 PM
Katrina was a good friend of all of us at Aircraft Spruce for many years. She was always helpful and positive, and was an outstanding liason between EAA and the companies active in the homebuilt aircraft industry. She was a very special person, and she will be deeply missed by everyone in the sport aviation community.
Jim Irwin
President,Aircraft Spruce
Submitted by: Jim Irwin EAA Life Member
11/24/2013 10:50:21 AM
It is difficult to imagine the world without Katrina in it. Our paths just happened to cross many years ago and never disconnected. To say I am a better person as a result of my personal and professional relationship with Katrina is really an understatement. It is a rare gift for strong, energetic, determined, and focused female personalities to form a team seamlessly and simply, to be highly successful in reaching the mutual goals and continue to look for the next step to be taken. Katrina will be truly missed.
Submitted by: Deanne Weiler 592599