KILMARNOCK—Kathleen G. Catlin, 70, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
She was born in Huntington, W.Va., on March 18, 1947, to Robert Allen Grant and Mary Conaty-Grant. During her life, Kathleen had also been a resident of Pennsylvania and Virginia, most recently in Lancaster and Henrico counties as well as Richmond.
Kathleen was truly a cherished friend to many who enjoyed an adventurous spirit and was never shy about trying new things including sailing, camping, white-water rafting or traveling abroad to take in the local customs and cuisine of other cultures including China and France. She was an avid reader and lifelong learner.
Kathleen loved to serve others through her work and church family. She dedicated herself to her community through her expertise as a social worker and licensed psychotherapist. Having graduated from both West Virginia University in 1969 as well as Virginia Commonwealth University in 1979 with a master’s, she successfully ran a private practice and also served the Commonwealth of Virginia where she retired in 2014 after 37 years.
Additionally, Kathleen was a devout member of St. Frances de Sales Catholic Church.
Kathleen was a devoted mother who took tremendous pride in her children. Her legacy will continue to be cherished in the lives of her daughter, Leslie Dering of Richmond; her son, Edward Wade Dering and daughter-in-law, Ashley Dering of Port Richey, Fla., as well as her grandson, Joshua Grant Dering.
She also will continue to be fondly remembered by her siblings and their families, Bob and Theresa Grant of Huntington, Carol and Jim Hess of Ave Maria, Fla., and Marcie and Bernie Dahlen of Santa Rosa, Calif.
Kathleen’s friends and family will gather to say farewell and honor her life at 11 a.m. Friday, February 23, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 154 E. Church Street, Kilmarnock.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) at www.madd.org, a cause that was dear to Kathleen’s heart.