Catherine Napier

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Catherine Napier died at her home in Ashland, Va., on March 10, 2012 after a short illness.

Catherine was born Sept. 12, 1960, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and spent her early years in Fort Madison, Iowa. In 1976, she moved to Maine, and graduated from Mount Desert Island High School. She received her Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Maine in 1984.

After moving to Virginia in 1984, Catherine attended, and received her master’s degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University. She was employed as an licensed clinical social worker and provided mental health services at Henrico Co. Mental Health Center in Richmond for a number of years.

In 1994 Catherine moved to Oklahoma to attend law school. It was while in law school that she met a “revered and terrifying” law professor, Joseph Weeks, who became her husband, companion and dear friend of 18 years.

After receiving her Juris Doctor from the School of Law at Oklahoma City University, Catherine practiced for 10 years with the firm of Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis in Oklahoma City. She continued her practice as an attorney for the firm after moving to Colorado in 2004.

In 2010 Catherine and Joe moved to Ashland, Va. where she lived until her death.

Catherine is survived by her husband, Joseph R. Weeks, of Ashland, Va.; her mother, Dr. Anne Napier of Southwest Harbor; her father, William H. Napier and his family of Fort Madison, Iowa; three siblings and their families – Carolyn Napier Dillon of Columbus, Ohio, Dr. William R. Napier of Fort Madison, Iowa, and Douglas H. Napier of Scottsdale, Ariz.

Very special people in Catherine’s life were Laurie Riddell, with whom she shared so many adventures and special times, and Catherine and Haleigh Smith, two young women she treasured and thought of as her surrogate “daughters.”

A private memorial service will be held at a later time.

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