Catherine E. "Kay" (Danahey) Woodard (1923 - 2014)

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LEVERETT - Catherine E. (Danahey) Woodard, 90, of Depot Road, Leverett, passed away Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Baystate Hospital in Springfield.

She was born Aug. 25, 1923, in Amherst, the daughter of the late James Danahey and Mary (Hayes) Danahey. She was educated in local schools, and was a graduate of Amherst High School.

Kay grew up in Amherst, and later moved to Leverett. She had worked in the Mark's Meadow cafeteria many years ago.

Kay was a devout Catholic at the Most Holy Redeemer Church in Hadley, and was a communicant of St. John's Church in Millers Falls, and St. Brigid's Church in Amherst.

She spent her life in Leverett, raising 10 children with her husband Philip. They enjoyed traveling, bird-watching, and the company of their family.

She leaves her husband of 71 years, Philip; their 10 children, Sandra McMahon of California, Alan of Michigan, Gerald of Erving, Patricia Page of Pelham, Martha Woodard of Florida, Brian of Vermont, Wayne of Sunderland, Daniel of Northfield, Neal of Leverett, Nancy Hargraves of Wisconsin; 27 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Two sisters, Ellen Schnieder and Mary Mitchell, and a brother John Danahey, predeceased her.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, April 10, at 10 a.m., in Most Holy Redeemer Church, Hadley, burial will follow in St. Brigid's Cemetery. Calling hours are Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Douglass Funeral Home in Amherst.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Most Holy Redeemer Church in Hadley, St. Brigid's Cemetery, or the .

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Apr. 8, 2014