Activist tirelessly served community
Eugenia “Jeanne” Catlin, of Monroeville, a community activist and founding member of the All Souls Episcopal Church in North Versailles, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003, in Forbes Regional Hospital. She was 84.
Serving the community was important to Mrs. Catlin. As members of the Turtle Creek Valley Model Cities program, she and her husband, William, worked tirelessly to better the area through social programs and cultural activities.
“They were people that believed in doing their civic duty and giving back to their community,” said their daughter, Jeanne Haynes. “They wanted to ensure that this was a place where they wanted to raise a family and where they wanted to live.”
Her community work didn’t stop with the Model Cities program. Mrs. Catlin also was active in local politics, building strong ties to politicians on the municipal, state and national level.
Mrs. Catlin was born in Orangeburg, S.C. When she was 20, she followed her aunt and uncle to Johnstown, Cambria County, to pursue a career as a beautician. When she was 21, she married and left her job as a beautician to raise her family.
When St. Margaret’s Church in Wilmerding closed, Mrs. Catlin and her husband were in the forefront of the effort to build a new church. The result was All Souls Episcopal Church.
For 15 years, Mrs. Catlin could be found at the church every Sunday singing in the choir and helping out wherever she could. Her dedication to the church not only served to better the parish, it left a strong impression on her children.
“She was a fantastic mother to all four of us,” Haynes said. “She instilled wonderful values in us… She would do anything for us.”
Mrs. Catlin is survived by two daughters, Jeanne Haynes, of Reston, Va., and Naomi Catlin, of Dallas; two sons, William, of Woodland Hills, Calif., and James B., of Gilford Conn.; and five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Henderson Catlin Sr.
Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Jobe Funeral Home, Shaw and Triboro avenues, Turtle Creek. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at All Souls Episcopal Church.