Cathy Courtney Eddy
January 11, 1957 - October 30, 2018
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Cathy Eddy. Although she lived in Northern California most of her life, she was born in Kansas on January 11, 1957 and lost her battle with Scleroderma in that same state on October 30, 2018, while visiting relatives. She left this life peacefully, surrounded by her entire family. She was an inspiration to all as she lived a joyful and fulfilling life in spite of the debilitating effects of her disease. Cathy married Bart Eddy in 1978, the same year she graduated from SRJC and passed her boards to become an R.N. She led a busy and productive life as the mother of three boys and an R.N. in the obstetrics department of Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. She spent many happy hours camping with her family and attending her boys' sporting events. She was so thankful that she lived long enough to see her boys grown and settled and to be blessed with the birth of her granddaughter, Arianna, three years ago.
She was diagnosed with Scleroderma in 1995 and subsequently became actively involved in the Scleroderma Foundation where she served for six years as President of the Northern California chapter. Upon her retirement from that position, she received the Messenger of Hope award because, among other things, "Cathy personifies the spirit of hope that inspires people to achieve great things." She then became leader of the northern California Scleroderma Support Group, a job she cherished. Using her medical background and her firsthand experience as a patient, she gave unwavering support and guidance to many.
In her spare time, she loved doing crafts of all kinds and, for many years, held annual craft fairs. As using her hands became more difficult, she focused her energy on quilting and produced many beautiful quilts, so appreciated by the lucky recipients. Not one to complain, she was an expert at finding new and creative ways to continue sewing in spite of her limitations. She was an active member of the Santa Rosa Quilt Guild and always looked forward to the annual retreat with her smaller quilt group which consisted of her sister, Terry, and close friends. Cathy attended Spring Hills church and participated in the Prayers and Squares group, helping to make prayer quilts for those in need of them. She was active in a weekly women's Bible Study group and had a deep and abiding faith that comforted her in her struggle. Cathy will be lovingly remembered by those who had the privilege of knowing her..
She was predeceased by Richard Courtney.
Cathy is greatly missed by devoted husband, Bart, loving sons Chris (Veronica), Matt (Jessica), Michael (Emily), cherished granddaughter, Arianna , caring mother, Nora, brothers Mike (Anne), Pat (Denise), Tom (Maggie), sisters Terry (Peter),and Jennifer (Patrick).
Cathy was truly an amazing and exceptional person and we look forward to celebrating her life at Spring Hills Church, 3700 Fulton Rd on January 19, 2019 at 10 a.m.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation.
Published in Press Democrat on Jan. 6, 2019.