NEWTON, CATHERINE PERRY - passed away quietly at her Elmcroft home in Knoxville at the age of 90. Katy, as she was known, was born on October 22, 1920 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania to George and Edith Barshinger Perry. Katy graduated from Knoxville High School in 1939, where she was a member of the KHS hiking club founded by Jessie Dempster, who explored major trails in the newly founded Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She attended the University of Tennessee where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. She then transferred to Fort Sanders School of Nursing and in 1944 was hired by Carbide and Carbon Chemical Corporation. In 1944, most employees of CCCC did not realize that their effort was the "Manhattan Project", but Katy, as an industrial nurse, later received an award from the U.S. War Department in appreciation for participating in work that brought about an ending to WWII. She was happily married to Robert L. Newton, an AEC plant manager, in 1947 at the Oak Ridge "Chapel in the Hill". Katy with her family remained residents of Oak Ridge for 56 years, later moving to Morning Point Residence in Clinton and to Elmcroft in Knoxville. Katy had a very active life with family, church, and school activities. She was an avid golfer at both the Oak Ridge and Deane Hill Country Clubs. She loved gardening, bridge, swimming, and practiced her nursing skills volunteering at every opportunity with the Bloodmobile. She was a member and Sunday school teacher at Chapel in the Hill congregation for over 63 years. She was also an active volunteer at Willowbrook Elementary School, the Oak Ridge Women's Club, and The YWCA. She is survived by her son, Jon Newton; sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Alvin Murphy; nine nieces and nephews and their families. She is preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Robert Liddle Newton; siblings, Mary Perry Wayland, Cornelia Perry Black, and Robert Edwin Perry. All who knew her will miss her keen mind, joyous laugh, and her indomitable spirit. Friends are invited to attend a graveside service to be held at noon on Saturday at Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorials should be made in her name to the East Tennessee Children's Hospital. Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements. Please sign and view the guestbook at www.gentrygriffeyfuneralchapel.com
Published by Knoxville News Sentinel from Oct. 27 to Oct. 28, 2010.