Catherine Marshall

[ Age 101 ] 70-year church member, secretary

January 11, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Catherine H.C. Marshall, a retired secretary and longtime member of Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, died of heart failure Jan. 4 at the Presbyterian Home of Maryland in Towson. She was 101.

Catherine Holt Cox was born in Hendersonville, N.C., and raised in Columbia, S.C. She attended Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C., where she studied library science. She dropped out of college during her senior year to help support her family.

In 1928, she married Charles Kimball Marshall, a sports reporter, who joined The Sun that year and later became a copy editor. He died in 1953.

Mrs. Marshall, who lived in Bolton Hill for more than 50 years, was a sales associate at Hutzler's department store during the late 1950s and later was a secretary at the American Automobile Association in Baltimore. She retired in the late 1960s.

She was the oldest living member of Brown Memorial, having been a member of the Bolton Hill church for more than 70 years.

She had been an active member of the Women's Civic League and Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland.

She kept busy through the years researching her family genealogy, reading, doing needlework, sewing, baby sitting and helping those in need, family members said.

"She was known for her spunk, letting everyone know what she thought and how life circumstances should he handled," said her granddaughter, Mary Holt DeWitt Bates of San Carlos, Calif., who described Mrs. Marshall as a "proper Southern belle."

"When she reached 100, she said, `I'm ready to go. I'm done,'" said Mrs. Bates, who attributed her grandmother's longevity to not smoking, "having an occasional glass of wine, dancing, maintaining a positive outlook on life and never overindulging."

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 19 at Brown Memorial, 1316 Park Ave.

Also surviving are a daughter, Mary Holt Marshall DeWitt of San Mateo, Calif.; four great-granddaughters; and 10 great-great grandchildren.

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