Mary Katherine "Kathy" McDonald Marsh

February 18, 2022

CHARLOTTE – Mary Katherine "Kathy" McDonald Marsh, 91 of Charlotte, NC passed away peacefully on Friday, February 18, 2022 at the Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Aldersgate. She was born May 11, 1930, in Maxton, NC, to the late William James "Billy" McDonald and Katie McLean McDonald. She was raised in Linden, NC, where she graduated from High School.

Kathy was a Registered Nurse with specialties in Cardiac care and Infection Control. She was the first Director of Employee Health at Charlotte Memorial Hospital (now Atrium Health CMC Main).

Married for 70 years, to the love of her life Wilson Benson “Ben” Marsh, Jr. Ben and Kathy met at a dance in Charlotte, NC.

Supporting others was most important to her. In her professional and personal activities, Kathy put others first and willingly served anyone in need. Kathy's love language was acts of service. She was a charter member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC. Kathy supported the roles of Deacon, Elder, and Co-chaired the Session. Active in her Circle, she also supported scouting and Wednesday Night Suppers. Along with her husband, Ben, they were instrumental in founding the church Best Years Club for those 60 years and over.

Kathy's last acts of service were prayer for others. She would offer prayer to anyone around her, her care givers, her doctors, family and friends. Her children remember mom saying I will pray for 'your journey's mercies'.

Her hobbies were baking and cooking, walks on the beach at low tide searching for seashells, and enjoying the fall colors in the mountains.

She was most frequently heard to say, “What can I do for you.”

Kathy was a loving and caring wife, mother, grand-mother, sister, niece, steward, disciple, patient, and friend.

She will be forever missed by all who knew her and loved her.

Kathy is survived by her loving husband, Ben; children, Bruce and his wife, Leigh, Karen and her husband, Mike, Katrina and her husband, Scott, Alan and his wife, Lillian; grandchildren, Andrew, David, Daniel, Joseph, Hannah, Rebekah, Elizabeth, Nathan and Alex. Also surviving are her siblings, Grace, Billy Ann, Jerry and Jack and many nieces and nephews as well as countless friends and colleagues. Kathy was preceded in death by her brother, James.

The family wishes to express its appreciation to all of her care givers, especially to the Aldersgate staff, those who support Cuthbertson Village Cardinal Trail, and most recently the staff of the Levine & Dickson Hospice House. Their loving care and support extended her life and brought quality to her life.

A celebration of life will be held at 2:30 PM on Sunday, February 27, 2022 at Westminster Presbyterian Church with Rev. Owen Stepp and Rev. Leslie Dibble officiating. Interment will be private at Forest Lawn West Cemetery.  The service will be livestreamed at: for those unable to attend in person.

Memorial contributions may be offered in memory of Kathy to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 101 Colville Road, Charlotte, NC 28207. (

Arrangements are in care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service. 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences may be shared at

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  • Joy Plyler

    Kathy Marsh was our neighbor for over 20 years in Charlotte, She was such a devout Christian lady. She loved her family, church and community. She was not just a neighbor to us, but a friend, mentor and a foster grandparent to our children. We have such great memories of Kathy and her family. We will miss Kathy, but know she is smiling down from heaven with a bright halo on. Our warmest condolences to all the Marsh family.

  • Lottie Drennen

    Sweet lady. Her cakes were legendary!

  • Linda H Davis

    Kathy was my neighbor across the street growing up. I babysat for Karen, Bruce, Katrina & Alan. Kathy was a amazing mom and truly cared about everyone around her. My thoughts and prayers are with you Ben and the family.