CENTERVILLE — Katherine Cahoon Ayotte of Centerville, a former assessor for the town of Nantucket, died May 2, 2010, after a period of declined health.
Born on Nantucket in 1922, Mrs. Ayotte was the youngest of five girls born to Edward G. and Jennie L. (Crowell) Cahoon. All of her sisters, G. Alice Hayden, Blanch Cahoon, Lucille Corkish and Anna Worth, predeceased her.
She was the wife of Louis Ayotte for 63 years. The couple met on Nantucket during WWII where Mr. Ayotte was briefly stationed during his Army training. The couple loved to dance and met at the local USO. After the war, Mr. Ayotte came back to Nantucket. The couple married on Jan. 25, 1947, in Worcester.
Mrs. Ayotte was a graduate of Nantucket High School. She worked for many years as a bookkeeper for the Nantucket Inquirer & Mirror newspaper, then for the Nantucket Cottage Hospital and the Nantucket Yacht Club before serving as assistant to then town assessor, Josiah Barrett. After Mr. Barrett retired, she assumed that post. After leaving the assessor's job, she worked for the Nantucket Historical Association until her retirement.
The couple moved to Centerville in the early 1990s. Mrs. Ayotte did volunteer work with the American Red Cross, Cape & Islands Alzheimer's Disease Association and for the Town of Barnstable. Mrs. Ayotte enjoyed sewing, knitting, and quilting and won awards at the Barnstable County Fair for her quilt patches. She loved cats and always had a favorite feline friend.
She was the mother of Nancy Ayotte of Centerville. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
At her request, there will be no services.
Donations in her memory may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Cape Cod, 765 Attucks Lane, Hyannis, MA. 02601, Care from the Heart of Mashpee, 19 Pine Rd., Mashpee, MA 02649-2937 or the charity of one's choice.
Burial will be in the Ricky Lewis Memorial section of Prospect Hill Cemetery extension.