July 18, 2021
Catherine Lee (Dougherty) Cotton, of Alexandria, Virginia passed away on Sunday, July 18, 2021. She is preceded in death by her mother, Mary Louise Dougherty. Catherine is survived by her daughter, Rachel Cotton; her father, Robert Dougherty Sr.; brothers Dwight Dougherty and Robert Dougherty Jr.; her partner, Robert Grenier; and her step-children: Michelle Cotton Barr (Jeff), Brandon Cotton, and Josh Cotton (Laura). Catherine grew up in Dunedin, Florida and graduated from Florida State University with a BA degree. She was a loving mother, daughter, sister, and partner, and was a passionate entrepreneur with a successful business of over 21 years, called Trees for the Holy Land. Catherine lived according to the vision and mission of her business: Celebrating life, helping others to honor and commemorate those they love, and rejoicing in sacred milestones of life’s path – all while working to green the Land of Israel, to which she was so devoted, “one tree at a time”. Catherine would have said her life’s work was raising her daughter, Rachel; but Rachel would say it was leading by example: she dedicated her time and her passion toward helping strangers honor their loved ones, while accomplishing transformative and sustainable environmental action. A graveside service will be held at King David Memorial Gardens (Hollywood Rd, Falls Church, VA 22043) on Sunday, July 25, 2021 at 11:00 AM. As Catherine would have said, “Planting a tree in memory of a loved one is a most appropriate way to show your sympathy and respect for the mourning. The spirit of the honoree lives on, in the tree memorial planted in their name.” Therefore, in lieu of flowers, the family requests that you plant a tree in Israel to celebrate Catherine’s life (usa.jnf.org/jnf-tree-planting-center/).
Catherine Lee (Dougherty) Cotton, of Alexandria, Virginia passed away on Sunday, July 18, 2021. She is preceded in death by her mother, Mary Louise Dougherty. Catherine is survived by her daughter, Rachel Cotton; her father, Robert Dougherty... View Obituary & Service Information
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