Catherine Leone Chelsworth Garland (Doremus)
Catherine passed away peacefully Monday with her children Ian and Fenell by her side. Her life was filled with passion and adventure beginning with her birth and early years in India (now Pakistan). After the war she along with her brother, Julian, moved to a lighthouse at Southwold on the Sea, England followed by The Village School at Chateaux d’Oeux, Switzerland, Felixstowe all girls’ school in Suffolk, England, Grenoble University in France and London.
In 1961 she set out for a working-trip around the world spending the first year in New York City as a translator at the United Nations. After a friend invited her to come to Aspen for the 1962-3 ski season she quickly found a job at the Mountain Chalet and never looked back. Soon after she married John Doremus with whom she had two children before their divorce in 1975.
Catherine loved the Aspen community and over the past 53 years volunteered for many organizations including the Aspen Music Festival, the Aspen Institute, the Senior Center, and The Read-With-Me Program at Aspen Elementary School. She had a rich spiritual life worshiping for over 30 years at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Old Snowmass and more recently at the Aspen Chapel. She loved singing the Messiah with the Aspen Choral Society and was involved with Aspen Words and Aspen Poet’s Society.
Catherine is survived by her brother Julian Garland (England), son Ian Doremus, daughter Fenell Doremus, daughter-in-law Julie Bright, son-in-law Vito Greco and grandchildren: Gavin, Jasmine and Meghan Doremus and Oliver and Sam Greco and step-son Andrew Doremus and his wife Jeanne and their five sons. She will be missed by many!
A memorial service is scheduled for 2pm Saturday February 14, 2015at the Aspen Chapel. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in her memory to The Aspen Animal Shelter or St. Benedict’s Monastery.
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