Catherine Murphy Dade (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Quietly and peacefully at Heartland Hospice on Sunday, March 30, 2008, Catherine Murphy Dade passed away. Catherine Eula Murphy, daughter of Catherine Lena Smith Murphy and Howard Hughes Murphy, editor of the Afro-American newspaper, was born on March 9, 1941, in Baltimore, Maryland. She attended public school in Baltimore, graduating from Eastern High School in 1959 and later earning an associate degree from Morgan State College. On November 25, 1961, Catherine was married at St. James's Episcopal Church in Baltimore and then moved to Philadelphia where she raised a family in the Mt. Airy neighborhood. Catherine worked as an insurance agent with The Insurance Company of North America, Guy Carpenter and finally with Marsh from which she retired. Being a strong and independent spirit, upon her retirement she surprised friends and family by moving to Augusta, Georgia, where she continued her long-standing volunteer work on AIDS outreach as well as raising funds and awareness for the March of Dimes and the Democratic party. A lifelong Episcopalian and devout parishioner, Catherine joined St. Augustine's of Canterbury immediately upon moving to Augusta. She taught Sunday school and loved working with children at the church's summer camp as well as volunteering for the church soup kitchen. Catherine truly enjoyed traveling and being something of an anglophile she loved spending time in London, Scotland and touring the Irish countryside. In addition to traveling, among Catherine's many hobbies were gardening, jewelry making and reading. Beautiful peonies and fragrant mint filled her postage stamp-sized backyard in Mr. Airy and after moving to Augusta she continued to make an annual pilgrimage to the Philadelphia flower show. Catherine was blessed with three sons: Charles Howard Dade of Ottawa Ontario, and twins Christopher Scott Dade of Seattle, Washington, and Steven Richard Dade of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, who, in addition to her cat "Murphy" all survive her. Along with her three sons she leaves to cherish her memory a grandchild due in August and many other cousins and friends. As per her wishes, Catherine was cremated and a memorial service will be held on Monday, April 21st at 11:00 in the memorial garden of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Augusta, Georgia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the March of Dimes or to St. Augustine's. Sign the guestbook at

The Augusta Chronicle-April 20, 2008