Katherine Gaston CHARLOTTE - Katherine Lauer Beatty Gaston passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 20, 2014, surrounded by her family. Born November 22, 1935, in Charlotte, NC, she was the daughter of the late Col. Francis J. Beatty and Katherine Williams Beatty. She was a descendant of William Williams, author of "The Journal of Llewellin Penrose, Seaman", what is widely considered to be the first American novel, and his son, William Joseph Williams, portrait painter of George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Katherine is preceded in death by her husband, Harley B. Gaston, Jr.; her parents, Col. Francis J. Beatty and Katherine Williams Beatty; her sister, Anne Beatty McKenna; and one son, Peter Brooks Gaston. She is survived by brothers Francis J. "Skipper" Beatty, Jr., Richard C. Beatty; and two sons, Harley B. (Bo) Gaston III, and Francis Curtis Gaston. Katherine attended Charlotte schools, graduated from St. Genevieve-of-the-Pines in Asheville, NC, and graduated from Holton-Arms College in Washington, D.C. She was very outgoing and had a passion for service. Her memberships include: Founder and first President of the Gaston Fine Arts Council; Docent, Mint Museum of Art; Junior League of Charlotte; Charlotte Debutante Club; Board of Directors, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra; Board of Trustees, North Carolina Museum of Art; Board of Directors Latin American Cultural Exchange; Board of Directors Gaston County Red Cross; Board of Directors Gaston Residential Services, Inc.; Board of Directors Brice Foundation; Advisory Board Member First National Bank of Shelby, NC. She was active with Little Theatre of Charlotte, Mint Museum Golden Theater, Abbey Players of Belmont Abbey College. She was an owner, partner (with sister Anne B. McKenna) of Gaston-McKenna Gallery in Charlotte and acted as agent for artist Ben Long for 20+ years. Along with her sister, Anne, she initiated and raised money for the statue of Hugh McManaway which stands at the intersection of Queens and Providence Rd. in Charlotte. A Memorial Mass will be held Monday at 1:00 PM in the Belmont Abbey Basilica, officiated by Abbot Placid Solari. The family will receive friends directly after the service in the Haid Ballroom at Belmont Abbey. Memorials may be made to Gaston Residential Services, Inc. (designated as maintenance of Belmont group home), 905 N. New Hope Rd., Gastonia, NC 28054; or Belmont Abbey College, 100 Belmont Mt. Holly Rd., Belmont, NC 28012. McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the family of Mrs. Gaston.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Aug. 24, 2014