Catherine Ellen Boulden was a community volunteer and active in her church.
Catherine Ellen Boulden was a community volunteer and active in her church. (Baltimore Sun)

Catherine Ellen Boulden, a community volunteer active in her church, died of cancer Feb. 13 at Montgomery Hospice Casey House. The former Lutherville resident was 60.

Catherine Ellen Nolan was born in Baltimore and raised in Lutherville. She was the daughter of Charles Edward Nolan and Grace Anne Howard Nolan. Known as Cathie, she was a 1972 graduate of Towson High School and earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from James Madison University. In 1976, she married childhood friend and junior high school classmate John Searles Boulden III.


In the summers, she was a tennis coach in the Gold Cup program at Towson University. She coached professional tennis player Pam Shriver as a youngster.

Mrs. Boulden relocated often with her husband, who was a Navy officer; the family lived in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Groton, Conn.; and Norfolk, Va.

While her husband was on assignment, she served as a Bible study leader and as a Sunday school teacher. She home-schooled her children and coached volleyball, tennis, basketball, softball, soccer and running on naval bases. She also was a counselor for Birthright.

Mrs. Boulden sang alto and was a songwriter, pianist, guitarist and flutist. She was a children's choir director and worship team leader. She was active in the Presbyterian Church in America.

She had lived in Silver Spring since 2011.

A life celebration service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Annapolis, 701 Ridgely Road in Annapolis.

In addition to her husband of 38 years, who is now an federal Department of Energy employee, Mrs. Boulden is survived by five sons, Jonathan Schuyler Boulden, Jesse Bleecker Boulden and Joel Searles Boulden, all of Big Sandy, Texas, Joshua Howard Boulden of Lancaster, Pa., and James Nolan Kalani Boulden of Silver Spring; a daughter, Caroline Kilgore Boulden of Kensington; her father, who lives in Calverton; and a sister, Karie Hogan of Lutherville.