February 22, 1939 - December 13, 2017
Portsmouth – Catherine L. Howland, 78, of Portsmouth and a former longtime resident of Abington, MA, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her beloved family, on Wednesday, December 13, 2017. Catherine was born on February 22, 1939 in Alexandria, VA, a daughter of the late James and Mary (Sexton) Robbins. She was raised in Germantown, MD and graduated from Gaithersburg High. After graduation, Catherine enlisted in the United States Army where she met and fell in love with Edward Howland. She and Ted were married in 1959 and settled in Abington, MA to raise their family. In addition to being a full time homemaker, Catherine was busy promoting music festivals and concerts throughout New England with her company, North River Bluegrass Association, which she managed from her home. Additionally, she and Ted managed the Weirs Beach Tent & Trailer Park in Weirs Beach as well as a number of campgrounds in Florida. Catherine was a very active lady but family was always her priority and caring for them gave her the greatest joy. Catherine was predeceased by her beloved husband Edward in 2000 and her sister Cynthia Sink in 2012. She is survived by her children, Dawn Aimola and husband Ron of Abington, MA, Paula Devlin of Brockton, MA, James Howland and wife Debra of No. Dighton, MA and Roberta J. Howland McGee and husband Herman McGee of Kensington; her siblings, James Robbins and wife Linda of Hagerstown, MD, Robert Robbins of Mt Airy, MD, Thomas Robbins of Frederick, MD, Larry Robbins and wife Beverly of White Hall, MD and Frances Gourley of Keedysville, MD. Catherine also leaves 6 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. Services will be private. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.
Portsmouth – Catherine L. Howland, 78, of Portsmouth and a former longtime resident of Abington, MA, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her beloved family, on Wednesday, December 13, 2017. Catherine was born on February 22, 1939 in... View Obituary & Service Information
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