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Catherine Allen Obituary

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ALLEN, Catherine Catherine Ann Cleveland Allen Catherine Ann Cleveland Allen, age 55 of Marietta, passed away peacefully in her home Saturday morning, September 18, 2010, surrounded by loved ones. She was born in Boston (Topsfield), MA where she spent the first six years of her life. The Cleveland family moved to Atlanta in 1961 where Muriel and Cleve raised four children at their home that the family fondly calls the "homestead". Cathy went to Hollins College in Roanoke Virginia and lived there for nine years following school. She left a piece of her heart in the Virginia Mountains when returning to Atlanta in 1986. In Virginia Cathy was employed by Norfolk Southern Railroad and Catawba Hospital. After returning to Atlanta she worked for Synergistic Research Corporation and spent the last ten years of her career as a successful sales lead at First Data Corporation. She acquired many lasting and lifelong friendships along the way. Cathy was a single mother who adored her daughter and was always very proud. She is survived by her loving and devoted daughter: Denise Frances Allen Cabalza; son-in-law Sherlon "Shawn" Cabalza; siblings: Charles Sargeant Cleveland, Patricia Cleveland Howard, Elizabeth Wheeler Cleveland and fiancé Wendell Bradford Pendley, and her loving niece Chelsea Elizabeth Howard, all of Atlanta; as well as the cherished family pets: two horses and seven dogs (one of which was her precious Brandy). Cathy never met, or even just spoke to, anyone who did not immediately take a liking to her. She had a wonderful passion for life and she was always the happy, jolly soul. Cathy's positive attitude, strong values, fabulous sense of humor, generosity, and compassion will always be an inspiration to the ones she leaves behind. A memorial service will be held at H.M. Patterson & Son Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Road NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328 at 11:00 am Saturday September 25, 2010. (404) 851-9900. The family will receive friends following the service at Cathy's home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made online to The Lung Cancer Research Foundation at http://www.lungcancerre searchfoundation.org or to any charity of your choice.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sept. 22, 2010
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