Katharine C. “Kitty” Crittenberger, 84, a former membership and tracking chairman of the Smithsonian Women’s Committee, died Dec. 16 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda of congestive heart failure.
Mrs. Crittenberger was amember of the women’s committee, a Smithsonian fundraising group, from 1992 to 2004. While volunteering with the Smithsonian, she also helped organize the annual craft show and was a member of the grants committee.
The daughter of an Army colonel, she was born Katharine Coleman Clayton at Fort Clark in Brackettville, Tex. She had lived in McLean since the late 1970s and moved to the District in 2006.
From 1980 to 1992, Mrs. Crittenberger was chairwoman of the art tours group of the Welcome to Washington International Club. She was a member of the Cathedral Choral Society, the Sulgrave Club and the Daughters of the American Revolution, where she was a museum docent from 1979 to 1987. She was president of a chapter of the Colonial Dames of America.
Mrs. Crittenberger, who lived at Army posts in theUnited States and overseas during her husband’s military service, was president of the Fort Myer Ladies Club. She volunteered with the Girl Scouts and Brownies and took continuing education courses at GeorgeWashington University.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, retired Army Maj. Gen. Willis D. Crittenberger Jr. of Washington; three daughters, Katharine C. Crittenberger and Virginia C. Albright, both of McLean, and Jacqueline C. Gay of Stowe, Vt.; a sister, Carol Conaty of Arlington County; a brother, Philip Clayton of Heath, Tex.; and five grandchildren.