Catherine Ann Lewis Townsend


Mrs. Catherine Ann Lewis Townsend, 88, passed away peacefully with the loving support of her son, Michael, at Citadel Nursing Home on Dec. 3, 2020, after battling complications related to Alzheimer’s disease. She was the only daughter of the late Mable Cinderella Spady and the late Walter Lewis, of Townsend. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tasley Townsend; and her daughters, Nayyir Jean Bayyan (Deborah), and Carolyn Ann Townsend.

Catherine attended public school in Northampton County and graduated from Northampton County High School in 1949. At an early age, she professed her faith in Jesus Christ and was baptized at First Baptist Church Capeville, where she was a dedicated member until her health started to decline in 2018. Her participation included serving as a member of the Starlight Chorus, Senior Choir, Pastor’s Aide Ministry and Future Outlook Club.

She was employed by the Virginia Health Department for 21 years and retired in 1995. Many county residents know of her through her supportive role at the health department. While employed at VHD, she attended Eastern Shore Community College, completing her certification as a nurse’s aide in 1991. Prior to her career at VHD, she worked as a teacher’s aide in the Northampton County Public School System and was, at the time, a full-time house wife, managing the household while her husband worked out of state.

She is survived by her two sons, Michael Townsend, of Cape Charles, and Bobby Townsend; three grandchildren, Howard Anderson (Angela), of Arden, N.C., Carolyn Anderson, of Charlotte, N.C., and Zachary Townsend (Petra), of Seattle, Wash.; two great-granddaughters, Madeline Anderson, of Arden, and Tatum Townsend, of Seattle; an aunt, Mamie Boney, of Cheriton; and a host of cousins and devoted friends.

Please consider honoring her life with a donation in her memory to First Baptist Church of Capeville, P.O. Box 526, Cape Charles, VA 23310.

A graveside service was held Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, at First Baptist Church Capeville Cemetery, with Pastor Kelvin F. Jones officiating.

Arrangements were made by John O. Morris Funeral Home in Nassawadox.

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