Beloved Mother of Kenneth (Elaine) Vancouver BC, Donald (Ana) Dallas TX, Robert Montreal QC, William (Carolyn) Burlington ON, Douglas (Suzanne) Glen Ellyn IL, and Carolyn (Ron Tayler) Mississauga ON; Grandmother to 22 adoring grandchildren; and Great-grandmother to a continually growing number of great-grandchildren.
Catherine grew up in the manse of Chalmers Wesley United Church in Quebec City, the third child of the Rev A. Dawson and Gertrude Matheson. Predeceased by her brother John R. Matheson she is survived by sisters Dorothy Parnell of London ON and Margaret Slemon of Toronto ON.
Leaving Quebec as a young woman she attended Queen’s University where she was a proud and loyal member of the class of Arts 42. At Queen’s she lost her heart to one of the university’s commerce student / football stars and married R. Kenneth Carty in September 1942.
After the war they quickly settled into a happy family life that took them back and forth between Toronto and Montreal. Ken’s early death in 1972 left her with long years as the heart and soul of her growing and spreading family. Over those decades her birthdays were the occasion for big summer reunions in locations as varied as Vancouver, Hawaii and Hurd’s Lake that knit siblings and cousins together around her.
Those who knew her recall a math whiz, a prodigious knitter who produced multiple sweaters for every grandchild each Christmas, an active and involved member of Mount Royal United Church, an enthusiastic golfer who captured the 9ers championship at the Royal Montreal Golf Club, and a faithful and caring friend. In her last years in Montreal she delighted in living next door to Eleanor Côté with whom she had gone to elementary school decades earlier in old Quebec.
The last few years were difficult and she moved to Mississauga where Bill and Care provided constant support and help.
Visitation will take place at Dodsworth & Brown, Burlington chapel (2241 New Street, Burlington O) on Tuesday January 16, from 3pm-5pm and again from 7pm-9pm.
A private family service will remember her and she will finally lie with her husband in the picket fence cemetery in Georgeville Quebec where they spent many happy years together.
Remembrances in the form of gifts to the R. Kenneth and Catherine Elizabeth Carty scholarship at Queen’s University would be appreciated.