Murphy Funeral Homes


Catherine "Kitty" Katinas Canard

March 17, 1923March 23, 2021

Catherine Katinas Canard passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at the age of 98 years, with her loving family by her side.

Born March 17, 1923 in Washington, D.C. and raised by her parents, immigrants from Naxos, Greece. The second of seven children.

First and foremost, her family was her foundation, greatest love and passion.

A devoted daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother and YiaYia.

She nicknamed herself "Kitty" when she was a teen, after the strong influence of a character played by Ginger Rogers, which stuck throughout her long life.

She raised 4 children on her own, was blessed with 9 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

Everyone who knew her loved her & immediately had a supportive friend for life.

Her life motto: "It's better to know than to have", values instilled from her mother.

She was a hard worker and often worked 7 days a week to support her family, doing many jobs to pay the bills, and give her family the best possible life. She enjoyed her work as a secretary, seamstress, housekeeper, county clerk, notary public, and waitress at her brother's restaurant. She was dedicated to all of her jobs, creating the work ethic that made her a stand out in all she did. She had the determination to learn and accomplish anything she set her mind to. She was our biggest cheerleader, attending all family events, loved to dance, sing, and joyfully crochet baby blankets for each new arrival, made curtains for everyone's house, and baked the best pastitsio and kourambiedes on the planet. She always had a sweet treat waiting for her grandkids, and as secret stash of her own.

She will be sorely missed by her family. She lived the last 4 years of her life at the Gardens at Fair Oaks, Virginia, where the staff became an extended part of her family, and where she became a friend and second mother to many. She will remain in our hearts forever.

She will remain in our hearts forever, eternal be her memory.

A visitation for Catherine will be held Friday, March 26, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Murphy Funeral Homes, 4510 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22203. A visitation will occur Saturday, March 27, 2021 from 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 3149 Glen Carlyn Rd, Falls Church, VA 22041. A funeral service will follow from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 3149 Glen Carlyn Rd, Falls Church, VA 22041. Graveside rites will occur Saturday, March 27, 2021 from 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM at Columbia Gardens Cemetery, 3411 Arlington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201. A family lunch will follow the interment at Pan Am Restaurant, in Fairfax, VA.

Donations can be made to Gardens at Fair Oaks, memo: Employee moral/Friends at work, 4310 Forest Hill Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Canard family.


  • Garden at Fair Oaks


  • Visitation

    Friday, March 26, 2021

  • Visitation

    Saturday, March 27, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, March 27, 2021


  • Graveside Rites

    Saturday, March 27, 2021



Catherine "Kitty" Katinas Canard

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Ted Speleos

March 30, 2021

Catherine is my Mother,she was a very caring person,and beautiful,her brother George use to say she looked like the famous actress Olivia d Havilland.She always helped her children and was a very kind hearted person,we will love her and miss her always.

Jesse Speleos

March 28, 2021

She was my beautiful and caring yia yia I loved her with all my in peace yia yia I love you

Maria Nicholson Bedenbaugh

March 26, 2021

Kitty was an amazing strong woman. My heart aches for the family during this sad time. May your memories give you strength and happiness now and forever. One thing I learned when my parents passed is that they never leave us, they are with us forever. God bless.

Karena Green

March 26, 2021

My sincere sorrow for your loss. Indeed, Kitty was one of a kind. Her legacy will live on.

Deatra Wood

March 26, 2021

I remember many golden moments with Thia Kitty She would come to my moms house and visit her sister and also to my house to see me and always with loving words. Hope, love encouragement ,understanding and thoughtful caring heart , She taught me how to crochet a blanket and would tell me and others what a good person I was and how I had a good heart . She gave of herself to all I am saddened by her passing . I know she will be missed by many of us , But like many what she gave will be with us forever ❤️🙏🏼❤️

Shannon Speleos

March 25, 2021

When I was born My twin sister and I both had crotchet blankets Yai Yai had made ready for us, mine blue my sisters pink. That was the sort of comfort she delivered as far back as I can remember, Yai Yai cooking us Greek dishes and sharing the meal with her gental happy talk.
May the joy of her life ease the pain of our loss.
Love forever..thank You YaiYai

Neil Pham

March 25, 2021

Rest In Peace.


March 24, 2021

A woman of great and enduring strength, Catherine - we in the neighborhood called her Kitty - shared her wisdom and caring and wonderful stories of her life with me and my family (we were neighbors from the early 1970s). She exemplified the best of what a good neighbor can and should be - from advice on how to deal with the local government to notarizing documents to her positive attitude to her encouraging words as my wife's health failed. She often talked about her growing up years and working in the family restaurant and why she chose to live in our neighborhood.

Kitty was proud of her Greek heritage and told of the village they came from and shared stories of her family's coming to America and their trials and their love of God and each other.

We continued our friendship after her health required her to leave the neighborhood and introduced me to her new 'neighbors' when I visited, always ensuring I knew she missed us.

Her wisdom and example lives on through her family and in my heart. I am honored to be her / their friend .