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EDDINGTON - Catherine (Kay) Leavitt passed away peacefully at Ross Manor on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in Bangor, at the age of 88.

She is survived by her children, DJ Sawyer and husband, Steve Sawyer, Karen Curtis and partner, John Pickles, and Mark Leavitt; her grandchildren, Stephanie Thomson and husband, Sean Thomson, and Stephen Sawyer; her brother, Daniel Birt; and a number of nieces and nephews as well. She was also blessed with and cherished close friendships that transcended decades. Catherine was predeceased by her husband, Carlton Leavitt; and brothers, Walter, Harold and William Birt, all from ME, Lewis Birt of NJ and ME, Robert Birt of MA, and George Birt of FL.

She was born in East Millinocket on December 13, 1927. As a graduate and valedictorian of Schenck High School, she pursued higher education and graduated from the Eastern Maine General Hospital 3-year nursing program in 1949. She began her career at Eastern Maine General Hospital, and instantly fell in love with being a nurse and helping people. Later she moved with her husband, a pilot, to the Richardson Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska. Following a few assignments in various states, they settled back in Maine in the early 1960s with DJ, Mark and Karen. Catherine was eager to resume her nursing career at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, and finally did so in the 1970s. She loved the work and formed strong associations with her nursing colleagues and friends, which continued throughout her life. Even after retirement, she maintained her caregiving skills by becoming a volunteer for respite care with Alzheimer's patients. As a strong advocate for higher education, she continued to learn and worked toward a Universal Studies degree from the University of Maine. Her life was full of heartfelt experiences, joys and challenges. She enjoyed giving to others and will be greatly missed.

A graveside service will be held in early summer in East Millinocket. To those who wish to remember Catherine in special way, please consider a donation to either the First Congregational Church, 11 Maple St., East Millinocket, ME 04430, the North Brewer Eddington United Methodist Church, 31 Main Road, Eddington, ME 04428 or Husson University School of Nursing, 1 College Circle, Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
Published on  March 31, 2016
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