WINTER HARBOR — Throughout her years as an Air Force brat and then a long career in government, Cathy Carruthers has always been on a trajectory headed home to Winter Harbor.
Her parents, Barbara and Jim Lilly, live here, and she spent many memorable days in her childhood visiting her grandparents, Earl and Alta Gerrish, on Main Street in the same house where her parents now live.
“I took early retirement from the federal government and always knew I would come back here,” said Carruthers. “Winter Harbor has always been a special place to me. I just loved it from the time I was a little girl.”
Her resume includes a long list of government-related positions, among them senior procurement analyst and program analyst for the Department of the Navy in ship design and propulsion systems and, later, in procurement of submarine propulsion units.
Carruthers also was office manager and assistant to a mortgage loan officer and co-owned a retail gift shop in Occoquan, Va. She currently has an online store and auction site dealing in wholesale, vintage and antique items.
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