Doris Marie Catherine

January 29, 1934April 8, 2012

Doris Marie Campbell Catherine Was born on January 29, 1934 and died on Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012. Doris was born in Queens, New York and was the daughter of Myrtle Strong Campbell of Brooklyn, New York and Howard Anthony Campbell of Monroe City, Missouri. Doris is survived by her the sister of Ethel Ann Hardy of Plant City, Fl., and her three sons: Carl Cyril (Chip) Catherine, Jr., of Springfield, VA, Charles Anthony (“Chuck”) Catherine of Greensboro, NC, and Christopher Carl Catherine of Culpepper, VA. Also surviving are her 6 grandchildren with whom she loved dearly: Michael and Kelly Catherine of Springfield, VA and Cameron, Charlie, and Casey Catherine of Greensboro, NC and Alex Catherine of Culpepper, VA. Doris considered all her grandchildren a blessing and she was very thankful for them. Doris was raised in New York, and graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in St. Albans, New York. Soon after her graduation from high school, she attended “Catherine Gibb’s Secretarial School in New York. Doris first received a secretarial position with Pan Am. Once employed at Pan Am, her goal was to be a Pan Am Flight Attendant. To become a Flight Attendant, she needed to become fluent in Spanish. Doris took many classes, and her goal became a reality. Not only was this one of her favorite careers, “love must have been in the air…” because Doris met her husband while working as a Flight attendant. He was an U.S. Air Force Officer, named Carl Cyril Catherine. Carl was an U.S. Air force B-52 Bomber Navigator. They were married on April 27, 1957 and had three boys. Unfortunately, in 1969, Carl passed at a young age; but the 12 years they were married were some of her happiest times. Doris then relocated to the Washington D. C. area, where she had many enjoyable careers, such as: Recreation Director, Administrative Assistant, and Contracts Administrator. She was employed by companies such as Watergate at Landmark, Arthur D. Little, Mitech and JIL. Her hobbies were: bowling, sewing, cooking and gardening. Additionally, Doris thoroughly enjoyed traveling and fine dining. She was also a very proud Cub Scout Den Mother for each of her three sons. Doris had fond memories of being a member of The World Wings Club, which was an organization of retired flight attendants. Doris was proud of her participation and was even the President of the organization a few times. Most people that had the pleasure of knowing Doris knew that her favorite color was red. She always had red cars and even had a CB handle: “Lady in Red.” She even had a license plate: “LadyNRed”. Her Funeral will be held on Saturday, April 14 at St. Michaels Catholic Church at 10am. A celebration of life to follow.


  • Funeral Mass Saturday, April 14, 2012

Doris Marie Catherine

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April 28, 2012

In memory of my mother,
You were a precious gift from God above,
so much beauty, grace and love.
You touched my heart in so many ways,
your smile so bright even on the bad days.
You heard God's whisper calling you home,
you didn't want to go and leave me alone.
You loved me so very much, you held on tight,
till all the energy was gone and you could no longer fight.
He had called your name once before,
you knew you couldn't make him wait anymore.
So you gave your hand to God and slowly drifted away,
knowing that with my love We'll be together again some day.


Pamela Jones

April 19, 2012

Dear Ethel, Chris, Carolyn and all of Doris' dear family. We are so sorry about your great loss. On a trip from Florida to Virginia with Chris Hardy I met "Aunt Doris". What a charmer and what a hoot. Absolutely delightful visit and I thoroughly enjoyed her style and verve. She is bright and funny and I am so glad I had the opportunity to meet her and spend time with her and Chris on a few occasions. What a beautiful lady. She had a special light about her which I know you will greatly miss.
May God bless your entire family.

Carolyn Hardy

April 14, 2012

Aunt Doris, I hope you are finally at peace. I love you and will miss your laugh the most! To my cousins and their families, I'm so sorry for your loss and I will be thinking of you today and many more to come. Love you all.

April 13, 2012

We are so sorry to hear about your mom. Susan and I are thinking of you and your family. Sincerely. Craig and Susan Browning.

Mary Catherine Linn

April 13, 2012

Thinking of all of you and remembering Aunt Doris...

Vicky Catherine

April 12, 2012

God saw you getting tired,
When a cure was not to be.
So He wrapped his arms around you,
and whispered, "come to me."

You didn't deserve what you went through,
So He gave you rest.
God's garden must be beautiful,
He only takes the best

And when Chip saw you sleeping,
So peaceful and free from pain
He could not wish you back
To suffer that again.

Your finally at peace
Your Loving Daughter-In-Law

Carol Catherine Heiple

April 12, 2012

Aunt Doris is now with the love of her life, my Uncle Pappy. May God rest their souls.