HEAL, Catherine Watson January 4, 1931 - October 19, 2013 . Catherine passed away peacefully at her home in Glacier View Lodge, Courtenay. Left to celebrate her life are her two children and their families; Stuart, Matt, Steven, Parker and Janis, Joe, Nick, and Lauren (Correia). She is predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Stan (2006). Catherine was born in Cumberland to Alison and Alexander (Sandy) Mann. She was a May Queen Attendant, her class Valedictorian and winner of the academic "Lamp" Award at Cumberland High School. It was while attending the University of Victoria when she met her husband, Stan. She became a primary teacher, and they raised their children in the house they built together in Royston. Catherine stayed active curling, skiing on Forbidden Plateau and gardening. She and Stan enjoyed many vacations together including driving across Canada, camping and skiing trips, and in later years annual getaways to Hawaii. Her favourite times were spent watching her grandchildren grow up, monthly lunches with her school friends, and enjoying a cup of tea and shortbread, with a good book in her hands and a dog at her feet. A special thank-you to Aileen Marquis for years of devoted friendship. Thank-you to Christine, Dolina, Candy and Alison. The residents of Glacier View Lodge (and their families) are very fortunate to have you. You are all earth angels. Mom always had a positive energy. She taught us about love and loyalty, kindness and compassion. She was a real class act and she will be forever missed. By request, a celebration of life service will be held on a bonny day next spring. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Parkinson Society Canada would be appreciated.
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Published in Comox Valley Echo from Oct. 25 to Oct. 26, 2013