Mary Jane Catlin

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February 27, 1920 ~ October 4, 2018

Mary Jane Carr Catlin, 98, passed away Thursday, October 4, 2018, at her home in Ogden. She was born on February 27, 1920, to Suzanne Stewart and Charles Carr of Indianapolis, Indiana.

She had two older sisters, Elizabeth and Lally, who raised her from the age of 12 when her parents passed.

She graduated in 1941, from Purdue University where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

While she was working as an X-ray Technician she met her future husband James Catlin at the Evanston, IL hospital where he was an intern.

They were married in the Post Chapel at Lagarde, New Orleans, LA; on July 21, 1944. After World War II, when James served as a medic in Germany, they moved to Ogden, where James began a medical practice. They traveled widely as a family, venturing out on frequent outdoor trips to places as varied as Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park, Red Rocks, and Bolger Lake, Canada.

They instilled in their children a love of the outdoors and a reverence for conservation. A quote from an award Mary Jane received for her service at the Ogden Nature Center captures the essence of her interest in nature: "Mary Jane Catlin whose commitment to the Ogden Nature Center enhances this wildlife sanctuary thereby allowing man and the environment to continue to be united in educational, scientific, cultural, recreational, and spiritual pursuit."^

Mary Jane was an avid reader, gifted cook, and superb birder. She shared her knowledge and use of herbs through classes she conducted at the Ogden Nature Center where she was a founding member.

When she wasn't volunteering for the arts at the Eccles Community Art Center, she passionately served on the Union Station Board of Trustees, was President of the Weber County Medical Auxiliary, YWCA, Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association, Board Director of Ogden Chapter of the American Red Cross and United Fund Foundations.

Additionally, she remained an active member of PEO Sisterhood and of the Women's Association of the First Presbyterian Church until her death. She actively supported the Boy and Girl Scouts and always had time for her lively community of friends whom she loved.

Mary Jane was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, husband James; and daughter Christine. She is survived by her children: James, Jane, Elizabeth, Mary (Bart); and great-grand-daughter Kaitlin (Charles).

A Celebration of her Life will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Ogden Nature Center.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Mary Jane's memory to the Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th Street, Ogden, UT 84404, or a charity of your choice.

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