Catherine (Crowley) Alvarez (1979 - 2013)

  • "She was my favorite math teacher so loving caring she was..."
    - Kasandra Graham
  • "Hey Cousin Katy, this year I gave a scholarship to a 8th..."
    - Jackie Carrillo
  • "You were the most amazing teacher who taught me we'll at..."
    - Kasandra Graham
  • "I am giving a scholarship to an 8th grade female student..."
    - Jackie Carrillo
  • "May 19, 2013 Cousin Katy, I love this pic of you, so full..."
    - Jackie Carrillo

Catherine (Crowley) Alvarez

Oakley, CA

Catherine (Katy) died at home April 21, 2013. Katy was born November 20, 1979, in Des Moines, IA, to Phil and Ann Crowley. She graduated from Urbandale High School in Urbandale, IA, and continued her education at Columbia College in Columbia, MO, and the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA, where she graduated with a BA in Psychology, and was in the process of completing her Master's degree while teaching for the Brentwood, CA, schools.

Katy loved to read, and enjoyed music, acting, swimming and golf. She was always offering support and assistance to help others with their problems. We will always remember her laughter and hugs.

She is survived by her husband, Aaron Alvarez; and daughter, Ayla of Oakley, CA; son, Gabriel of Brentwood, CA; parents, Phil Crowley of West Des Moines, IA and Ann Crowley of Brentwood, CA; step-mother, Cindy Crowley of West Des Moines, IA; sister, Lindsey Downey of Van Nuys, CA; half-brothers, Andrew (Drew) Patrick of San Fransisco, CA, Michael Patrick of Des Moines, IA, and Scott Crowley of Palatine, Il; half-sister, Collen Crowley of Santa Clara, CA.

A Memorial Service was held April 27, 2013, in Brentwood, CA, to honor Katy's life. Memorial donations may be made to the family at 6540 Bradford Dr., West Des Moines, IA 50266 to be directed to a fund for Katy's children or to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Katy's name.

Published in Des Moines Register on May 1, 2013
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