Mrs. Catherine M. Gordon, 70, of 2390 Rhododendron Drive, Orangeburg, passed away Sunday, June 8, 2014, after an extended illness.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Orangeburg. Burial is in Belleville Memorial Gardens. There will be no public viewing on the day of the service.
Catherine M. Gordon, the wife of Robert C. Gordon, passed away on June 8, 2014, after an extended illness. The eldest of five children, Catherine was born in Greeleyville, and was the daughter of the late Edward Matthews and Lila McClary Matthews. She was raised by her aunt and uncle, the late Helen and Burley Joe.
Catherine graduated from C.E. Murray High School in Greeleyville and began her undergraduate studies at South Carolina State College, where she earned a BS degree in mathematics in 1965 and an M.Ed. in 1973. She began her teaching career at Cades High School, Cades, for several years until she was united in marriage and joined her husband in Washington, D.C. She accompanied her husband to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where he served in the U.S. Army. After he was discharged from the Army, they moved to Orangeburg and she joined the faculty at Felton Laboratory School and later Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School and Holy Trinity Catholic School. She was an advocate for education, which was evident by her commitment to helping those students that needed tutoring in math.
Catherine joined Holy Trinity Catholic Church in 1972 upon moving to Orangeburg. She served her church in many capacities throughout the years. She was a member of the first organized bereavement committee, the Women’s Guild, a financial officer for the Building Fund Capital Campaign, and taught the high school religious education class. She enjoyed attending her weekly Sunday to Sunday Bible study and also helped with the Newman Club.
Active in the community, Catherine was a member of the Sunlight Club; National Federation of Women’s Club; Auxiliary to the Palmetto Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Association; Church Women United; South Carolina State University Alumni Association; The Links Inc.; Pacesetters Social Club; Palerdale Civic Association; and the Alpha Wives Club. While she was a volunteer for Cooperative Church Ministries of Orangeburg and the Orangeburg County Development Commission, she volunteered wherever she was needed. Catherine previously served on the Low Country Girl Scouts Board of Directors and was a former member of Jack and Jill of America Inc. In May 2006, the Orangeburg County Community of Character committee recognized Catherine “for exemplifying caring in her day-to-day life.”
Catherine enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of the Thirteen Hearts and As You Like It bridge clubs. She was very good at growing flowers as well as a great seamstress and wonderful cook.
In addition to her father, aunt and uncle, Catherine was preceded in death by her sister, Genevieve Matthews, and brother, Edward Matthews Jr.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Robert C. Gordon of the home; her mother, Lila Matthews of St. Stephens; daughters, Donna (Greg) Green of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Audrey (Northan) Golden of Orangeburg and Helen (Brian) Gary of Montgomery, Alabama; sisters, Margie Giles of Lane and Glinda (Frank) Tucker of Columbia; grandchildren, David, Joseph, Alexis and Lila Green of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Robert and Matthew Golden of Orangeburg, and Claire and Brian (Deuce) Gary of Montgomery, Alabama; sisters-in-law, Vivian Matthews of Salters, Joyce Gordon of Kingstree and Jo Emily (Nathaniel) Knox of Columbia, Maryland; brother-in-law, William G. Gordon of Conyers, Georgia; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and very dear friends.
Viewing for the public will be held from 10 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at the funeral home. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, Orangeburg, with a memorial service held by the members of The Links Inc. at 7 p.m.
Friends may call at the residence and the funeral home. Sacred arrangements are entrusted to Dash’s Funeral Home of Orangeburg. Online condolences may be submitted to dashsfh.com.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Robert and Catherine Gordon Endowed Scholarship Fund at Claflin University or the South Carolina State University Foundation.