Catherine Hunt Whitcomb, 81, of Ormond Beach, Fla and Derby, Vt. died peacefully, surrounded by her children April 18, 2018.

She was born to Emil and Dorothy Mattson Feb. 6, 1937 in Orleans, Vt. Cathy graduated from Worcester Memorial, Worcester, Mass. with a nursing degree, and worked at the South Shore Hospital in Weymouth for many years. 

She was married to the late Wilton (Bill) Whitcomb, her beloved world travel partner, adventuring through beautiful places including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Spain, and Greece. They eventually settled in Newport, Vt., where she worked in the recovery room at North Country Hospital in Newport. Finally tiring of shoveling driveways, they sold the Newport Marina and divided their time between Ormond Beach and camp on Salem Lake in Derby, Vt.

An avid Mah Jong player, she often boasted of winning 70 cents one week only to be defeated by a loss of 25 cents the next. She was an active volunteer in both the Newport Congregational Church in Vermont and Christ Presbyterian Church in Ormond Beach.

Cathy is survived by her first husband of 24 years, Neil Murphy, a lifelong resident of Scituate, Mass.; her sister, Emily Robinson of Scituate, Mass.; her brother, John Mattson of Jay, Vt.; her four children, Deborah Duffy, of N. Dighton, Mass., David Murphy of Springvale, Maine, Daniel Murphy of Sunderland, Mass., and Kristen Murphy of West Glover, Vt.  She is also survived by her 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and many awesome nieces and nephews.

She was well loved for her grace her genuine kindness to all she knew, and her love of laughter.

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