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Catherine P. (Beckwith) McPhee

June 14, 1931 ~ September 27, 2020 (age 89)

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Catherine Patricia (Beckwith) McPhee, 89 passed away peacefully on September 27, 2020 at the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care in Lebanon, NH with her family by her side.

Catherine, the daughter of Douglas and Mary Theresa (Barker) Beckwith, was born on June 14, 1931 in Albany, NY. She graduated from Whitehall High School in 1948 and continued her education at Albany Business College in New York.

Catherine married Robert McPhee on October 13, 1951 at Our Lady of Angels church . They began their life together in Newport, RI, later returning to their hometown of Whitehall . They spent 68 wonderful years together and were blessed with 7 children.

In addition to her parents, Catherine was predeceased by her daughter Susan Marie Pope, sister Lorraine Gurney and brother Raymond Beckwith.

Catherine is survived by her loving husband Robert and her children Patricia (Laurence) Young, Michael(Janice) McPhee, Nancy (Charles) Henn, Cynthia (Leo) Rigby, Judith Rozell, and Ellen (Robert) Touchette.  She is also survived by her 17 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren who loved to call her Mimi.  

Catherine especially enjoyed her family and spent many years raising her children.  She continued her love of children for 22 years as a classroom aide at Whitehall Central School until her retirement.  In retirement, Catherine and Robert traveled in their motor home to Florida and many states in between. They enjoyed their many vacations in Maine, Hawaii, The Grand Canyon, Cruising the Caribbean, and in later years, Myrtle Beach.  Catherine lived a loving and full life. She will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.

Catherine had a special place in her heart for all animals. Part of her family included a pet dog and cat for most of her life, most currently her beloved dog, Sam, who misses her terribly.

Catherine had a deep faith and was an active communicant of Our Lady Angels and Our Lady of Hope church.   She enjoyed  her weekly Rosary group for many years with her friends.

The family would like to extend a very special thank you to the incredibly caring staff at the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care for making Catherine’s final days comfortable and peaceful. We would also like to extend our thanks for their kindness and support to us.

Family and friends may call from 10:00am to 11:30 am on Friday, October 2, 2020 at the Jillson Funeral Home, Inc. The funeral service will follow at 12:00pm at Our Lady of Hope Church, 9 Wheeler Ave Whitehall NY, with the Pastor Rev. Rendell Torres officiating.  Burial will be at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery following the service. Those in attendance are asked to follow all Covid precautions including wearing a mask.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Catherine’s name to Skenesborough Emergency Squad, 37 Skenesborough Drive Whitehall NY 12887; The Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, 154 Hitchcock Loop Road Lebanon NH 03756 https://dhmcalumdev.hitchcock.org/Byrne-center-for-palliative- and- hospice-care; Our Lady of Hope Church, 9 Wheeler Ave. Whitehall NY 12887 https://olhstann.org


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October 2, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Jillson Funeral Home Inc.
46 Williams Street
Whitehall, NY 12887

Mass of Christian Burial
October 2, 2020

12:00 PM
Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church
48 Skene street
Whitehall, NY 12887

Interment following funeral service
October 2, 2020

Our Lady of Angels Cemetery
County Route 18
Whitehall, NY 12887

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