|Catherine Jeanette Croggon Edwards
Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 19, 2018
Catherine Jeanette Croggon
Edwards (Age 97)
On Friday, December 14, 2018, Six-generation Washingtonian,
and Beloved wife of the late Eugene S. Edwards; mother of
Eugene R. Edwards (Christine), Nancy L. Edwards, Kathleen A. Oxenburg (Jim) and
Ronald T. Edwards. She is also survived by four grandchildren and seven
Catherine had a beautiful singing voice and she sang the leads in the operettas at
Roosevelt High School before graduating from Central High School in 1939. While
attending Roosevelt, she was offered a scholarship for her vocal talents, however, she
turned down the scholarship in order to get married.
Catherine accomplished many things in her long life including having a loving family,
working for Edward Wright real-estate (1949), as well as several other real-estate
companies. She was also a medical secretary for the Chief of Staff, Ernest Gould, at the
Hospital Center in 1958, and various other well-known doctors in the city.
Catherine started looking into her family's genealogy in 1956 and continued studying it
for 60 years or more. In the last 15 years she became a professional genealogist.
In April 1984 she sang at the Chevy Chase Women's Club for over 500 people and she
became a favorite among the different performers that night. The Chevy Chase
Woman's Club received a Fine Arts Award on behalf of Catherine's outstanding singing.
Relatives and friends may call at Collins Funeral Home, 500 University Boulevard West,
Silver Spring, MD, (Valet Parking) on Thursday December 20 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.. Funeral Service at Collins Funeral Home, 500 University Boulevard
West, Silver Spring, MD, on Friday December 21 at 11 a.m.
Interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
Francis J. Collins Funeral Home, Inc.
500 University Blvd. West
Silver Spring, MD 20901
301-593-9500Funeral Home Details