Catherine Thoms

Obituary of Catherine Rice Thoms

Catherine Rice Thoms, age 82, passed away on May 10th, 2021 at her home in Reston, Virginia. 


She was born on June 7, 1938 in New York City, New York to Vincent William Boyen and Lydia Rice Boyen.  Catherine grew up in Queens, New York and graduated from Grover Cleveland high school in New York City.  


After high school she received her bachelor’s degree from Adelphi university and her master’s degree from Catholic university.  Catherine had a passion for books and reading which she shared with all of those she met.  She worked for over 5 years as a librarian at the Huntington, NY public library.   In 1970, she moved with her family to northern Virginia, where, for more than 23 years, she held the position of school librarian and library administrator at various schools in the Fairfax County Public School system. 


She enjoyed being with her family, gardening, scrapbooking, reading, and the beaches of North Carolina.

Catherine married George H. in 1959 in Long Island, New York.  They were happily married for 62 years.


Catherine is survived by her spouse George of Reston, VA, her children; son Daniel (spouse Jennifer) of Sarasota, FL, and grandchildren Vincent (spouse Chelsea) with great-grandchild Trinity, and Kelly (spouse Corey), with great-grandchild Jayla; son Justin (spouse Marcela), and grandchildren Luca and Gabriel; daughter Kate of Sterling, VA, with grandchildren Trevor and Victoria; as well as many other loving relatives.


A grave side service for relatives and close family friends will be held at Chesnut Grove Cemetery in Herndon, VA.


A Memorial Tree was planted for Catherine
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