Born Catherine Emery in Baltimore, she grew up near Patterson Park and attended St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parochial School. Mrs. Votta lived for many years in Cedonia and later moved to Harford County.
In 1946, she married Charles Votta Sr., a meat cutter at the old Food Fair grocery chain. He died in 1979.
She then began working and obtained her driver's license. She worked at and later became manager of the Card Cage in Cedonia and Eastpoint Mall. After working for 10 years, she retired.
Mrs. Votta enjoyed cooking and spending her free time with her children and grandchildren. Family members said that when asked about her secret to raising a large family, she replied, "I knew how to say no."
A Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Stephens Roman Catholic Church, 8030 Bradshaw Road in Bradshaw.
Survivors include four sons, Charles R. Votta Jr. of Kingsville, Rodney J. Votta of Norrisville, Bruce T. Votta of Parkton and John E. Votta of Abingdon; three daughters, Janice C. Roth of Bel Air, Catherine M. Terry of Gettysburg, Pa., and Adele V. Harper of Forest Hill; a sister, Paula A. Endres of Pennsylvania; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.