Catherine Chavis, a retired kindergarten teacher, died on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. She was 86.
She was born on Nov. 24, 1932. She was the fifth child of the late James H. and G. Elizabeth Jones. Raised in a devout Catholic home, she attended St. Elizabeth Catholic School in North Philadelphia and graduated from John W. Hallahan High School.
Chavis loved to sing and participated in school and church choirs. She began each holiday season by taking out her sheet music to sing along to Handel’s Messiah.
She had a heart for young children and began teaching kindergarten first at St. Elizabeth’s and then at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School. She had a Montessori certification for more than 25 years. Her impact led some of her graduates to come back to share their success and love for a favorite teacher. She retired from teaching at Cecilian Academy.
She met and married the late Charles Chavis in 1953 and two daughters were born to their union. She instilled in her girls a love of God and family.
Her sense of humor and love of children made her a favorite aunt with her nieces and nephews. Her family said she always had a ready smile, a great laugh and a listening ear.
Chavis was a devout Catholic and served the Holy Cross parish. She loved to travel with her sisters and friends. She enjoyed music, reading, crafting and shopping.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Doris J. Edmunds and Eveline J. Smith; brothers, Edward M. Jones, James R. Jones and Donald J. Jones.
She is survived by: her daughters, Martina and Kathleen; grandson, Nicholas Patrick; sister, Marilyn Jones; sisters-in-law, Lorelle Jones and Mary Jones; and other relatives and friends.
Services were held Aug. 8 at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, 140 E. Mt. Airy Ave.
Emmanuel Johnson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.