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Visitation information
Salem Funeral Home following the service
120 S. Main Street
Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017

Service information
Salem Funeral Home Chapel
120 S. Main Street
Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017
2 p.m.

Catherine Martin Leonard
Jun 04, 1922 - Jun 24, 2017
Forsyth County, NC
Catherine Martin Leonard died on Saturday, the 24 of June, 2017. She was ninety-five years of age. Her passage through life leaves a path marked by love, friendship, intelligence, and wit.
Catherine was born to E.E. Martin and Lena Boswell Martin on June 4, 1922 in Raleigh, North Carolina where she graduated from Needham B. Broughton High School. Catherine spent much of her life in Charlotte. She married Charles C. Leonard, Jr. (deceased) on December 6, 1942- a date that lives in the hearts of her friends and family because of the deep bonds of love and constancy Catherine and Charles shared. She instilled the attributes of dignity, honesty, humor, and loyalty in her five children; Charles (Pamela) of Lexington, NC; Jan (George) of Charleston, SC; Michael (Michelle) of Bethania, NC; Bill (deceased of Asheville NC); and Anne (John) of San Francisco, CA. Most of all she encouraged their curiosity and fostered their intelligence and independence. These qualities continue to be passed on to succeeding generations through her descendants: grandchildren Ashley Henry, Allison Webb, Catherine Lane, Sarah Leonard, Emi Landry, Katie Leonard, Elizabeth Leonard and Iris Leonard; and great- grandchildren Lee Lowery (deceased), Alex and Alyssa Henry.
Catherine had deep roots in North Carolina, a place she loved. In addition to visiting each of North Carolina’s 100 counties, she and her husband travelled to all 50 states. They traveled on five continents visiting- among other places- Rio de Janeiro, Casablanca, Tunis, Rome, Naples, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Katzenbach, Monaco, Munich, Paris, London, Geneva, Martinique, Mexico City, and Lisbon. The stories of their adventures traveling across the country in a 1940 red Plymouth Coupe during World War 11 are legend among her friends and family. However, her home and family meant the most to her. Catherine was a faithful sixty-year member of Providence Methodist Church in Charlotte. She loved reading and playing bridge; particularly bridge, which was a long time pursuit played with pleasure and well-honed skill.
It is not possible to express in a few words the accomplishments of a lifetime of actively lived intelligence, but one story will help. At about the time granddaughter, Catherine Lane, was being taught to call her “Grandmother” the granddaughter was also learning some songs in pre-K. With the innocent brilliance of a child she jumbled the two into “Grand Old Catherine.” A name Catherine enjoyed, and the rest of the family recognized as a splendid bon mot.
Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 2:00 pm at Salem Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bill Jeffries officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. A private Inurnment will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers please send memorials to: The Visitation Fund, Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28211 or http://providenceumc.org/give/
Online condolences may be sent to www.salemfh.com.
John Bos
It seems like an long time since Charles Sr. passed away. I can still remember Catherine calling out to him when we were kids. I trust they will be together now.
Demetria Stuart
Praying that God will give you all strength and comfort during this difficult time. May God also give you peace in your mind, heart, and spirit. God Bless.
Sherry Sapp
Hey Jan, I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. It's been a long time since East but I remember your family well. I'll never forget Charles taking us to Raleigh for that unforgettable night. Condolences to you and your family. Sherry


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