1930 ~ 2013
Catherine Lucile Bagley Reese passed away peacefully in her home December 18, 2013 at the age of 83 after years of patiently enduring. Born March 18, 1930 to Cyrene and Martha Bagley, the youngest of six children, she spent her summers at her father's cattle ranch (the Bagley Ranch) in Callao, Utah where they housed in the original Pony Express Station.
On May 12, 1950 she married her sweetheart Frank Pond Reese in the Salt Lake Temple. Extremely bright and talented, she yearned to become a doctor and sing in the Tabernacle choir, however, her proudest emotional investment and intellectual pursuit was mothering and mentoring her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Catherine was a faithful member of the LDS church where she served in many callings ranging from Chorister to Primary President to Bishop's wife to Relief Society President. She loved music and singing and was the proud owner of Utah Opera Season Tickets. Even so, she could hunt, dress, and butcher her own deer. When the children were raised she began motorcycling across the USA and Europe with her husband. They eventually founded the Temple Riders Association (TRA) www.templeriders.org. which was officially organized in the Spring of 1988 with six couples. The TRA now has around 800 members.
She was a valiant cancer survivor and despite her suffering continued to make grandma quilts and noodle dolls. To her last moments she crafted these works of devotion to her family that we cherish along with her stubbornness, her laughter, and love.
She is survived by her husband Frank Pond Reese, sisters Marian Woodward, Jean Lloyd (Harvey), brother, Frank Bagley (Marlene); nine children, Dale Reese, Martha Kaiser, Lucile Jensen (Keith), Elaine Sorensen (Mitchell), David Reese (Lori), SMSgt (r) Richard Reese, Col Steven Reese (Darcy), Ann McMurtry (Lindsay), and John Reese (Trisa); forty-two grandchildren and nearly forty great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Charles and David Bagley, daughter, Diane Catherine (deceased during delivery) and grandson, Conrad Jensen.
Services will be held December 23, 2013 at 11:00 am at the LDS Garden Park Ward Chapel, 1150 East Yale Avenue, Salt Lake City, Utah. Interment to follow at Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 17111 S Camp Williams Road, Bluffdale, Utah.
Donations may be made in Catherine's memory to the cancer fund for her grandson at any Wells Fargo Branch location: Marshall and Amanda Family Trust.
"Dear Mother all flowers remind me of you"
Published in Deseret News from Dec. 21 to Dec. 22, 2013.