Brown-Wynne Funeral Home

1701 East Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC


Catherine Lee Carlson Van Cott

April 17, 1946August 10, 2016

Catherine Lee Carlson Van Cott, 70, of Raleigh, died Wednesday, August 10, 2016 following a brief illness and a long battle with cancer. Funeral service will be held 10:00am Friday, August 19, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home Millbrook Rd. Interment will follow in Historic Oakwood Cemetery.

A forty-two year resident of Raleigh, and previously of Westchester in Los Angeles, Catherine was the daughter of Ernest Hilmer Carlson, Jr. and Barbara June Brickel Carlson. She was a 1964 graduate of Westchester High School and graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 1971 with a degree in Art.

Catherine was a lifelong learner. She had a special appreciation for language, historical provenance, culture and quality craftsmanship.

She identified herself as a costume designer and an artist. She was most inspired when creating original dance designs with masterful handiwork. Her original career path in graphic design evolved into a passion for textile and fiber arts, where she excelled.

In recent years, she enjoyed genealogical research for her family and was always willing to volunteer assistance to anyone who asked for help with their own research.

Catherine was always giving of herself and her time. She volunteered for many years with the Pines of Carolina Girl Scouts, both as a troop leader and at the Girl Scout Council, where she loved inspiring girls to learn about the world around them.

She delighted in discovering the wildlife, butterflies and botanical surprises she found in her backyard garden.

Catherine is survived by her husband, Carl Clayton Van Cott of Raleigh, daughter, Christine Catherine Van Cott of Charlotte, and brother, Ronald Ernest Carlson of Fairview, TX.


  • Funeral Service Friday, August 19, 2016
  • Graveside Service Friday, August 19, 2016


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Bob & Sheila Bailey

August 18, 2016

Our deepest sympathy to you and Christine during this time of sorrow. Sheila and I share fond memories of you and Cathy.

Cheryl Hall

August 18, 2016

Carl and Christine,

I send my sympathy and condolences to you at this time of great loss. Years ago I worked for NC Division of Facility Services, then located at 1330 St. Mary's Street, and still remember Christine and her mother coming around the offices to take orders for Girl Scout cookies and then delivering the cookies when they arrived. This made an impression on me since parents usually just passed around an order form for items such as cookies and we'd never have any contact with the "sellers". This was surely an example of Catherine teaching her daughter the "right" way to do things. Sending thoughts of healing and comfort your way.

Marcia Jones

August 17, 2016

Carl and Christine,

I am so sorry about the loss of Cathy. Even though I hadn't seen her since before you two were married, I feel a great sense of loss. I pray the Lord will bless you and comfort you throughout this period in your lives. May all the wonderful memories sustain you and give you hope for the future.

Marcia Jones
St. Charles, MO

Anita Cox

August 16, 2016

Carl and Christine, Peter and I was deeply saddened to hear of Cathy's passing. Our hearts go out to you, Christine and other family members. Please know that we are here for you. May your love, life and memories for Cathy bring you and Christine comfort and peace! .

Newt MacCormack

August 16, 2016

I share your sorrow at losing Catherine and wish you strength in the days ahead. My memories of her are all happy ones.

Regina Godette-Crawford

August 16, 2016

Carl, Christine & Family,
We were so sorry to hear of Cathy's passing. May the memories you hold dear sustain you during your time of bereavement. We will continue to keep each of you in our thoughts and prayers.

With deepest sympathy,
George & Regina

August 15, 2016

Carl, Christine and family. I know it has been a difficult road to travel over the past several weeks but glad that you and Christine were able to spend time with Catherine and support and care for her. I am sorry I will not be able to attend the service as I am out of state but will be with you, Christine and family in thoughts and prayers on Friday. Take care and know that you all are loved and will be supported in the days, months and years ahead.

Ed Browning

Susan Rogers

August 15, 2016

Carl and Christine,
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
Susan, Gary and Megan Rogers

Alesia Hester

August 15, 2016


I am so saddened to hear of your loss and praying that God gives you the much needed strength to get through it all.

With much love and blessings,
Alesia Hester

McKenzie Beamer

August 13, 2016

Carl, thinking of you and Christine...hugs and love