Mary Catherine Rawls

Thursday, May 09, 2019

CROYDON, NH — Mary Catherine Rawls, 67, of Croydon, New Hampshire, passed away suddenly while receiving treatment for cancer at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire on May 6, 2019.

Mary Catherine was born on September 13, 1951 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania the daughter of Margaret Chavar and Thomas Davis. She graduated with a degree in nursing from Duquesne University in 1973 followed by a graduate degree in nursing administration from Boston College in 1976. She worked in a number of hospitals in Boston, Massachusetts as a staff nurse, educator, and nurse manager for the next 18 years. Upon moving to Manchester, Vermont, she and her husband to be, E. Lawrence Rawls, owned and operated Wild Birds - Vermont, a store dedicated “to all things birdy” such as feeders, field guides, and seed. From 2000 to 2006, Mrs. Rawls was an associate professor of nursing at Castleton State College. In 2006 she moved to New Hampshire to work at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. For the past five years she has served as a member of the New Hampshire Governor’s State Committee on Aging and was currently the vice-chair.

Mary Catherine truly loved being a nurse and did everything she could to instill this passion in her younger colleagues as a mentor. Her other loves were her husband of almost 20 years, bird watching, and English springer spaniels, each one crazier than the one before. She was also an enthusiastic and accomplished quilter having won The Best of Show award at last summer’s Cornish Fair. Fortunately, she was able to visit the mecca of quilting, the Missouri Star Quilt Company of Hamilton, Missouri two weeks prior her death.

In addition to her husband Lawrence, she is survived by three brothers, James and Mark Davis and George Kuba, all residents of Pennsylvania, their spouses, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on May 18, 2019 at Saint Theresa of the child Jesus Church, in Hellertown, PA and she will be interred in Holy Savior Cemetery in Bethlehem, PA next to her parents.