NASHUA - Catherine Warner Gregg of Riverwoods in Exeter and Nashua and Sarasota, Fla., the wife of the late Gov. Hugh Gregg and former first lady of New Hampshire, passed away peacefully on Aug. 1, 2014. (See related story on Page A1.)The daughter of Carden F. and Eliza (Mitchell) Warner of Chevy Chase, Md., she was born on Aug. 15, 1917. She was a graduate of Connecticut College.Cay, as she was known, had an extraordinarily active and full life.She was extremely involved in numerous community activities, especially those protecting New Hampshire's environment and cultural heritage. She served on many boards, including Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion (which she was instrumental in saving), the Robert Frost Homestead, the New Hampshire Audubon Society, the Beaver Brook Association of Hollis, the Dunstable Land Trust, and the White Mountains Arts and Music Festival among others.Cay and her husband, Hugh, were committed to public service. Together they assisted numerous political efforts including their passion for keeping New Hampshire as the first in the nation primary state. They also worked with a large number of national and state leaders over the years.Along with Hugh, she started a successful restaurant in Sarasota, Fla., called Gregg's Greenhouse, where her talents could be seen in the exquisite landscaping. She owned and operated the Parish Bookshelf, a children's bookstore in Hollis for many years.She was great lover of books, gardening and animals, especially dogs. For many years, she raised Newfoundlands at her home in Nashua.She was a person of purpose and, with her husband, Hugh, was a force to make New Hampshire a better place to live for all.She will be missed by her two sons, Cy and Judd, and their wives, Joyce and Kathy, along with her five grandchildren, Eric and Zachary Gregg, Molly Gregg Otter, Sarah Gregg Orum and Joshua Gregg, and her seven great-grandchildren.
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SERVICES: A private service will be held.In lieu of flowers or in her memory, donations can be sent to the Wentworth-Coolidge Commission, Inc., 799 South St., Portsmouth 03801.The Davis Funeral Home, One Lock St., Nashua, has been placed in charge of arrangements. An online guest book is available at davisfuneralhomenh.com.
Davis Funeral Home
1 Lock Street
Nashua, NH 03064-2238
Published in Union Leader on Aug. 3, 2014