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Catharine Monroe, church member and volunteer, dies at 103

Catharine Monroe, a former piano teacher, church member and Washington homemaker, died Sept. 11 at Grand Oaks assisted living facility in Washington. She was 103.

The cause was a stroke, said her son John Monroe.

Catharine Latimer, a Clinton, Miss. native, received an associate’s degree in 1928 from Hillman Junior College in Mississippi. She received a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi College in 1930 and a second bachelor’s degree in 1934 from Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. She settled in Washington in 1943.

She volunteered with Meals on Wheels and was involved with a local piano group, both in the District. She was a member of the Woman’s National Democratic Club and the Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, where she participated in the church sewing circle.

Her husband of 39 years, John H. Monroe, died in 1974. A son, William Monroe, died in 1999.

Survivors include two children, John I. Monroe of Washington and Margaret Bolus of Barre, Vt.; and two grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough

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