Catherine Barbara Williams, 71, of Leesburg, Virginia, passed away peacefully at home with her daughter, Amy, at her side on August 21, 2020. She leaves to cherish her memory, Amy Joncas and her husband, Wayne of Leesburg, Virginia and Andrew Williams and his wife, Rosa of Clifton Forge, Virginia. Her children will always recall many fond memories. She was a devoted, loving mother first and foremost. She treasured her children and embraced every moment with them. She was always there to comfort, encourage, and guide her children. She instilled Catholic values and morals as she had a strong Catholic faith and wished to pass her faith onto her children. She made tremendous sacrifices on behalf of her children. She was an extraordinarily strong woman that persevered amidst many challenges. She had immense patience, understanding, and compassion.
She also leaves behind numerous loving friends who have been a source of tremendous support and inspiration. The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to those who have extended support to Catherine and her family.
She graduated from Richard Elementary School, Detroit, Michigan and Osborn High School, Detroit, Michigan before attending Mercy College of Detroit, Detroit, Michigan. She also attended Trinity Washington University, Washington, DC.
She was an active member of several Catholic parishes, St Louis Catholic Church, Alexandria, Virginia; The Basilica of Saint Mary, Alexandria, Virginia; and St. Theresa Catholic Church, Ashburn, Virginia.
She was inspired by her involvement with two Tau Fraternities of the Secular Franciscan Order, the Tau Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order – Herndon, Virginia as well as St. John the Beloved Apostle Order of Secular Franciscan Fraternity, Alexandria, Virginia, both of the St. Margaret of Cortona Region.
She served as a role model to her children by instilling the value of service to the community. She had extensive volunteer experience in religious and lay organizations. She led religious education classes at various Catholic Churches for 20 years. She participated in the SPRED program which delivered religious education to the developmentally and physically disabled. She was a member of the Pastoral Council at a local parish. She led volunteers at several key school functions at a local Catholic elementary school.
She delivered groceries and provided other assistance to an elderly resident on a weekly basis; she served as a mentor for elementary school children; she participated in a weekly tutoring volunteer program; and she joined a program that provided mental health services for a wide age range of individuals.
During the course of her 25 years of Federal Government Service, she worked for the following Federal Agencies: Securities and Exchange Commission; Department of the Army; Department of the Air Force; Department of the Navy; and Department of Veterans Affairs. She worked at several office locations, the Hoffman Building, Alexandria, Virginia; Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia, and the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC.
In addition to her full time Federal Government service, she also held positions in the private sector, specifically, worked in the admissions departments of hospitals (Mt. Vernon Hospital, Alexandria, Virginia and Children’s National Hospital, Washington, DC); worked in the Admission Ticket Office at Mount Vernon, the Home of George Washington, Alexandria, Virginia; and worked at a stock brokerage firm, Merrill Lynch.
Online condolences can me left on Catherine Williams Memorial Tribute at: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/alexandria-va/catherine-williams-9324765.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance was limited at a Funeral Visitation, Mass of Christian
Burial, and Graveside Service. A larger celebration of life will be held at a future date.
She was devoted to the cloistered Poor Clare community located at the Poor Clare Monastery of Mary, Mother of Church, Alexandria, Virginia.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Poor Clare Monastery of Mary, Mother of the Church, 2505 Stonehedge Drive, Alexandria VA 22306.