WILSON--Catherine. Catherine S. "Chic" Wilson, a person of infinite spirit, vivacity and talent, died peacefully on October 14, 2016. She was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina and grew up in Durham, North Carolina where she attended Peace College. While at Peace she met Robert Leavenworth a student at Duke University Law School. Upon Mr. Leavenworth's graduation the two were married in the Duke Chapel, and later moved to New Haven, CT where Mr. Leavenworth joined a law firm and later became a probate judge. In New Haven, Chic was a member of the Junior League and active in a number of volunteer organizations. Upon the early death of her husband, Chic moved to New York City where she was employed by the firm of Cresap, McCormick and Paget. In 1967 she married Edwin Wilson, a teacher, writer and theatre critic of the Wall Street Journal. Chic attended the Art Students League and after that enrolled in the New York School of Interior Design from which she graduated. Upon graduation she began her own interior design business, Catherine Stuart Inc. Over the next 39 years she decorated homes, apartments, offices and country clubs, chiefly in Manhattan, Connecticut, and Long Island. For art collector Blake Byrne she designed the interior of a home in Bedford, NY, an apartment in Manhattan and a second apartment in Paris, France. For publisher William Reilly she was responsible for the interior design of two homes, one in Quogue, NY and another on Sutton Place in New York, the latter being the subject of a feature article in Architectural Digest. Recently she came out of retirement to join two colleagues in designing the interior of the renovated Quogue Field Club. She was a member of the Cosmopolitan Club, the Linville, NC Golf Club, the Quogue Beach Club and the Quogue Field Club. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Joannie Cambron, two grandchildren: Bonnie and Matt Cambron, and two nephews, John and Robert Stuart. A private family burial will be held in Quogue, NY, and later a memorial service at the Cosmopolitan Club in New York City. Contributions may be made to New York- Presbyterian Hospital or the charity or church of your choice.
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