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PHOTOGRAPHER CATHERINE FRENCH DIES

Friday, 20 September 2019 by

Catherine French pals around with a pony at the 2018 Queens Cup Races. TOD MARKS PHOTO

Catherine French, a dedicated member of the steeplechase community best known for her photography, died Thursday, Sept. 19, after a months-long battle with cancer.
A funeral service will be held Sunday, October 6, at 2 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, an inurnment will follow in the church memorial garden. The Rev. Pickett Wall will officiate.
She was born on March 9, 1949 in Charlotte, N.C., to the late Bundy Farice Belk and Nancy Catherine Starnes Belk. She graduated from Monroe High School in 1967 and graduated with a BFA from Coker College in 1971. She also earned an Associate of Science degree from Wingate College, Wingate, N.C.
In addition to her photography, she a gourmet cook, an avid tennis player, artist, Master Gardener, Level 1 Sommelier, choir member, and a talented basketball player. She was a creative and fun-loving person who will be missed by her many special friends.Catherine is survived by her two brothers, Bundy Farice Belk, Jr. and Michael Eugene Belk; nieces and nephews, and her friend and companion, the love of her life, Kit, her Cairn Terrier.
She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, Springdale Hall Club, past president of the Camden Garden Club (2012-2014) and from 2014-2018 she was the talented creative director and fund raiser at the National Steeplechase Museum in Camden.

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