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Catherine G. Breland died peacefully in her sleep in the early morning of December 28, 2014.
Born Catherine “Kay” Marie Groth, November 13, 1916, she grew up in Oak Park, Illinois.
Over her 98 years, she has also resided in Westchester, IL; Chatham, NJ; Richmond Hill, GA; Fort Myers, FL and East New Market, MD.
Married to Paul C. Andreasen 1943 - 1963 (deceased) and Francis F. Breland 1964-1977 (deceased). Wonderful mother, friend, wife, daughter and sister. She is survived by her daughters Lynn Andreasen Freeman of Norcross, GA and Linda “Brie” Breland Fadden of East New Market, MD; she was predeceased by her daughter Deborah Breland Marquand. Also survived by her sons-in-law Garth Freeman, Michael Fadden and Jon Marquand; grandsons Matthew (LeAnn), Bradford (M. Elizabeth) and Jeffrey (Shanda) Freeman, Christopher (Lea), Patrick (Melinda), Sean (Lauren Linzer) and Timothy (Natalie Daughton) Fadden; and by 9 ½ great grandchildren. She is survived by nieces Jane Groth Murphy and Nancy Breland Whitley and nephews Boyd Groth and Woodrow Breland. She is also survived by dear friends Doris Hiebel and Thurb Stowell.
We wish to thank her long term caregivers Eleanor Perry and Marie Akerman, and the wonderful people at Mallard Bay nursing home, for their love and support of our mother. A family celebration of life will be held in the future.
Donations in her memory can be given to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, 2145 Key Wallace Drive, Cambridge, MD 21613 which she loved.
To share memories or send online condolences to the family, please visit www.newcombcollins.com
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Facts Born: November 13, 1916
Death: December 28, 2014
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When I was young she was the mother of my close friend Lynn. When I was a teenager she became stepmother to our neighbors and close friends, Debbie and Linda. With perseverance and what sometimes seemed against all odds she and her husband Bre made a new family. And throughout all of that Kay was a friend to the entire Whistler family. She was smart, compassionate and always fun. What I have been thinking about most the last week is Kay's friendship with my mother. They supported each other through the good times and the bad. Kay had almost a clairvoyant way about her knowing when my mother, or anyone in our family, needed something. She stocked the refrigerator when my mother returned home after an illness. Kay was there when my mother couldn't be with me and helped me get settled in my apartment after my first daughter was born. Kay was with us when we celebrated our parents' 50th wedding anniversary, and she stayed by my mother's side through her slide from reality into the depth of Alzheimer's. All of this happened across almost 7 decades and 4 states. My children still refer to her as "Grandma Kay." At one of our combined family events she even succeeded in coaxing my son to eat a green bean. And believe me, that was no small accomplishment! And in true Kay Breland fashion she has brought all her family, by blood, by marriage and association together....even after her passing. I will always mourn this loss and at the same time I will cherish the memories for the rest of my life. My love to her family, Susan Whistler Marshall. 01/08/2015 Patricia Esemplare-Pat Whistler When I was with Kay I didn't know I wasn't family. I will always be greatful for all the support & encouragement she gave me during very difficult times in my life without receiving much, if any, recognition from me. Love, Pat 01/08/2015 Patricia Esemplare-Pat Whistler When I was with Kay I didn't know I wasn't family. I will always be greatful for all the support & encouragement she gave me doing very difficult times in my life without receiving much, if any, recognition from me. Love, Pat 01/08/2015 Cindy Webster Lynn, Linda and all your loved ones: I will remember Kay for her humor and brains. And her strength in good times and bad. I remember what a devoted friend she was to our mother and to my sisters. She was a renaissance woman ahead of her time. She always knew what was truly important. She stepped up when others couldn't or wouldn't. She joined two families in an unending circle of connection that had nothing to do with bloodlines. She showed us what humanity really means. Thank you, Kay and love you always. Cindy Whistler Webster 01/07/2015 Cindy Garrison Kay was the mother of one of my best childhood friends. (It's still hard to not think of her as "Mrs." but since we shared a bedroom at Debbie's wedding, I guess it's OK.) Lynn, Debbie, our other friend, Susan, and I lived within one block of each other. we walked to school together, we were in Girl Scouts together and our mothers were an important influence in all of that. Kay was a funny, warm, strong woman. She lost her first husband when Lynn and I were still kids. She was a wonderful example for my mom after my dad died just a few years later on how to be strong and go on, which is turn helped me as my husband has struggled with health issues. She deserved her peaceful end. Kay leaves the world a better place for her being here - and with an empty spot that no one else can fill. A few years ago, Lynn's Christmas letter mentioned Kay going on a motorcycle ride. I knew she was pretty much chair bound and yet I could see her accepting the challenge. She was a great lady and she will be deeply missed. 01/05/2015 Carole and Elliot Linzer We are sorry to hear about your mom. Our condolences to your family and you. 01/04/2015 Bill and Mary Leonard Brie, Mike, and Family, so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother and Grandmother. Bill and I will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers. 01/04/2015 Terry Wheatley Brie and family: So sorry for your loss. The Wheatleys are thinking of you! 01/03/2015
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