Catherine R. Johns

May 22, 2014

Rockland — Catherine R. Johns, 78, died May 20, 2014, at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport. She was born March 20, 1936, in Buffalo, N.Y., to Harlow and Catherine Spaulding Raymond. She grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., and graduated from Riverside High School. She graduated from Hobart William Smith College in Geneva, N.Y., and the University of Maine Law School.

Catherine worked as a lawyer,specializing in family and real estate law, in Portland,Maine for many years. She later taught at Genesee Community College in Batavia, N.Y. She assigned counsel in Genesse County, N.Y., helping many who could not otherwise afford legal help. She also worked as a lawyer for N.O.W. (National Organization of Women).

Catherine enjoyed philosophical and intellectual conversations. She also enjoyed reading and was often found with her nose in a good book. She loved all animals and loved her beloved dog, Russell.

She was predeceased by her husband, Richard M. Johns.

She is survived by her daughters, Dr. Elizabeth vonFelten and her husband Ken of Rockport and Sarah Woodman and her husband Leif of Johnson Creek, N.Y.; son Richard E. Johns of Darien, Ga.; sister Helen Dowdell of Jacksonville, Fla.; brother Harlow P. Raymond of Manchester, N.H.; grandchildren Rev. Vanessa E. Colesworthy of Thomaston, Margaret Woodman of Johnson Creek, N.Y., and William Woodman of Johnson Creek, N.Y.; nieces Catherine Dowdell of Jacksonville, Fla., and Heather Raymond of Lynn, Mass.; nephews James Dowdell of Brooksville ,Fla., and Charles Dowdell of Atlanta, Ga., as well as her beloved dog Russell.

A gathering to celebrate Catherine’s life will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 25, at Bartlett Woods, 20 Bartlett Drive in Rockland. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Catherine’s memory to your local library.

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Arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral Home and Cremation Service,78 Main St., Thomaston.

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