On November 22, 2012, following an extended illness, surrounded by her adoring family, Cathy Jean Merdeath was delivered into the loving arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ.
She was born on May 24, 1943 in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of the late Arthur and Joyce Cordle. She graduated from Pleasantview High School in 1961. Following graduation she worked as an executive secretary in downtown Columbus then married her high school sweetheart, Dewey Merdeath, on July 7, 1962.
She is survived by her loving husband, Wm. Dewey Merdeath Sr.; brother, Paul (Sharon) Cordle of Reynoldsburg; sisters, Diana Brookins of Longwood, Florida, and Sharon (Will) Susi, Galena; four children, Deeca (Thomas) Dunham of Hamilton, New Jersey, William Dewey "Bill" (Laura) Merdeath Jr. of Sunbury, Bambi (Gilbert "Chip") Hanawalt of Sunbury, and Toni (Terry) Pasch of Galena; seven grandchildren, Haley, Macy, Joshua, Avery, Chip, Tripp and Tanner; and by nieces and nephews whom she loved so very much.
She was also preceded in death by her brother, Stephen Cordle.
Cathy loved to cook for friends and family which evolved into a home-based catering business known as "Cathy's Catering". She catered many weddings and social functions for people in the community. She worked for Dr. Donald Lee for 18 years as a dental assistant and, in spite of a busy schedule, her family was her main priority. She always ensured that every night the family ate one of her home-cooked meals together. Throughout the years she wore many hats. Not only was she a devoted wife and mom, at her children's school, she was a head room mother, a 4-H club advisor, a Cub Scout den leader, sports team mom for every one of her children, and the head cheerleader for all her grandchildren's sports events.
Cathy enjoyed traveling and going on many vacations with her husband and family. One vacation she always spoke of was her trip to Israel. Recently, Dewey and Cathy celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family celebration in Cincinnati, then a 14-day Alaskan Cruise that was topped off with a trip to Niagara Falls.
She will be remembered dearly by all her friends in her card clubs, bowling leagues and church groups. She will be best remembered, however, because she loved to make people laugh. She loved, and was loved, and will be greatly missed.
Services were held Monday, November 26, 2012 at the Genoa Baptist Church and burial followed in Sunbury Memorial Park. Arrangements were entrusted to the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Sunbury.
Memorial contributions can be made to Genoa Baptist Church.
Devore-Snyder Funeral Home
637 Ohio 61
Sunbury, OH 43074
Published in The Sunbury News on Nov. 29, 2012