Catherine Wilmot, 77, office worker

May 12, 2006

Catherine B. "Kitty" Wilmot, a retired office worker and addictions counselor, died of cancer Monday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The longtime Arbutus resident was 77.

Born Catherine Byrne and raised in Thurmont, she graduated from Frederick Visitation Academy in 1944.

In 1952, she moved to Halethorpe and became a bookkeeper at Kaiser Aluminum Co. She became a legal secretary in 1963 at Montgomery Ward's mail-order facility on Monroe Street and later moved to the credit department in Catonsville.

After retiring from Montgomery Ward in 1989, she joined Wilmot Modular Structures, a family business in White Marsh, where she was an office assistant until she retired last year.

For 27 years, she counseled families dealing with drug and alcohol abuse.

"That was Mom's mission, and she helped so many families. In 2004, she wrote and self-published From the Barnyard to the Ruby Room, that depicted her life and how others can survive dealing with addiction," said a daughter, Kathleen T. Cadigan of Glen Burnie.

She also worked with the Volunteer and Family Education Program at the now-closed Changing Point Inc., a Baltimore alcohol recovery program.

"When she became too sick to attend Al-Anon or Nar-Anon meetings, families came to her, and at times there would be 20 people sitting in the living room of her home," Mrs. Cadigan said.

She was an avid golfer and once was a partner in a 1999 tournament with Brooks Robinson at the Hunt Valley Golf Club.

After winning an award for the longest drive by a woman, she remembered, he stood and said, "Way to go, Miss Kitty," her daughter said. She was also proud that she had made a hole-in-one, family members said.

"During her illness, Mr. Robinson called to see how she was doing and wished her well," Mrs. Cadigan said.

Her husband of 47 years, Thomas Wilmot, died in 2002.

Mrs. Wilmot was a member of Ascension Roman Catholic Church, 4603 Poplar Ave. in Halethorpe, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. today.

Also surviving are a son, Michael T. Wilmot of Lutherville; another daughter, Judith A. Mayberry of White Marsh; a brother, Dr. Robert Byrne of Gwynedd, Pa.; a sister, Theresa Thomas of Portland, Ore.; and eight grandchildren.

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