Catharine Grace Church, 83, died Monday, December 13, 2010, in her home in
Ashland, Ore. Per her wishes, she was cremated, and her ashes will be interred in the Trinity Episcopal Church Columbarium, next to those of her beloved husband, McGregor L. Church. She was born as Catharine Grace Hall in Palmerston, Ontario, on August 24, 1927, and she grew up in the Chicago, Ill., area and married Frank Stanley Foyston in 1948. They had three children, John, Christopher and Lise Foyston.
Widowed in 1967, Catharine met and married Dr. McGregor Lenoir Church in 1976, and
successfully- brilliantly, many would say, presided over a lively blended family of 12 teenagers and young adults that encompassed many disparate beliefs, sensibilities, dietary crochets, and degrees of stubbornness. From this unlikely clay she forged a loving, supportive clan that
remains so to this day.
Catharine and Dr. Church traveled widely and, lived in Germany, Texas and Los Angeles,
Calif., before returning to Oregon and moving to Ashland in the mid 1990s, where they were active in Trinity Episcopal Church, and the community, and where Dr. Church died in 2005. Mrs. Church was an avid golfer and bridge-player, a daily walker, a volunteer with Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Tudor Guild, and was active in the Ashland Chamber of Commerce. She was a co-founder, and the first president of the board of the Southern Oregon Fundraising
Alliance, a non-profit that operates the Hospice Unique Boutique, 1618 Ashland St.
Mrs. Church was in close contact with her extended family and her many friends, and had been preparing for a trip to Africa. She is survived by her sister, Bunty Jones; her 12 children and stepchildren, and their spouses and partners; 16 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends and acquaintances. Most who knew her likely consider her one of the most gracious and graceful humans they ever met, and she touched and inspired many lives.
Mrs. Church will be remembered in a memorial service at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, January 22, 2011, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 4040 N. Second St., Ashland, Ore. The family suggests
donations to Southern Oregon Fundraising Alliance/Hospice Unique Boutique or Trinity
Episcopal Church as fitting remembrances.