Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 22, 2015 CATHARINE CRAWFORD BRIGHT MILANS
Died peacefully on February 17, 2015. She was born June 21, 1915 in Youngstown, Ohio to Dudley S. and Dora M. Bright. She had one brother, Albert S. Bright, now deceased. Her family moved to Pittsburgh, PA when she was three and to the Washington, DC area when she was a teenager. She graduated from Western High School in 1933 and George Washington University in 1937 with a degree in psychology and a minor in architecture. She was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.
In 1939, after his graduation from Dartmouth, she married Calvin Harley Milans, a patent attorney. They established a home in Bethesda, Maryland. Her husband died in 1984.
Catharine Milans was employed by the federal government part-time to perform psychological testing and research. She also volunteered at the Bethesda Presbyterian Church, Meals on Wheels, and Suburban Hospital's Thrift Shop.
She enjoyed visits from family and friends at her lake place in Virginia, where activities included swimming, boating, bird watching, crossword puzzles and parlor games. She was known and loved as "Gramsie" to her family.
In 1995, she was one of the first residents to move to Maplewood Park Place, a senior living community in Bethesda, where she resided until her death. Survivors include her two sons, Stephen B. Milans of Wilmore, Kentucky and Calvin T. Milans of North Bethesda, Maryland; their wives; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Service and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in the name of Catharine Milans may be made to Bethesda Presbyterian Church, 7611 Clarendon Road, Bethesda, MD 20814. Please view and sign the family guest book at: www.PumphreyFuneralHome.com