Cathy Jane Scaife
1959 - 2018
BORN
1959
DIED
2018
Scaife
Cathy Jane Edwards, 59, died on April 11th, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. Cathy was the only child of James F. Edwards and Jane T. Edwards in Falmouth, VA on February 14, 1959. She graduated from Stafford Senior High School in 1977 as the salutatorian and in 1981 earned a B.A. in Greek and Classical Studies from the College of William and Mary, where she met her husband, Allen Ross Scaife. She attended the University of Texas in Austin to earn an M.A. in Latin. In 1991, Cathy and Ross moved to Lexington, KY where Ross was hired as a professor of Classics at UK. Cathy worked as the first Latin II teacher in Kentucky Educational Television's Distance Learning Program, and taught Latin at Lexington Catholic High School where she inspired a love of Latin in her students. In 2014 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kentucky World Language Association. Cathy's love of the Classics and of teaching is surpassed only by her love for her husband, Ross, who died of cancer on March 15, 2008, and for her three sons, Lincoln (26), Adrian (23), and Russell (19). Cathy was the Alpha and the Omega of her family. Her love made their home one of compassion and acceptance for all Cathy believed that a meaningful life could be found by contributing to the lives of those around her. As her body endured the physical tolls of cancer she found respite in reinvesting herself in her community, a pursuit from which she derived great happiness and comfort. Cathy will remain a vibrant presence in the memory of her many friends. In addition to her three sons, Cathy is survived by her mother, Jane Edwards of Fredericksburg, VA, and her cat, Sake. Cathy was an active member of Saint Peter Claver Catholic Church. A Memorial Service for Cathy is being planned for this summer. Memorial donations may be made to: the Swift, Scaife, Longacre Scholarship Fund supporting classical studies at UK. Please make checks payable to the University of Kentucky, sent to Sturgill Philanthropy Bldg., 450 Rose St., Lexington, KY 40506-0015, with the name of the fund in the memo; Central Music Academy which supports lessons for underprivileged students, sent to Central Music Academy c/o Transylvania University, 300 N. Broadway, Lexington, KY 40508, or www.centralmusicacademy.org; or the St. Peter Claver Building Fund, at 485 W. 4th St., Lexington, KY 40508, or www.cdlex.org/stpeterclaver.
Published by Lexington Herald-Leader on Apr. 15, 2018.
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Joan Jahnige
November 25, 2018
I met Cathy years ago when my father (Fred Pizzurro) became neighbors with Ross and Cathy. Consequently, they all became very close friends. She was an extremely kind, compassionate person. When my dad died 2 yrs. ago, she sat at his side, holding his hand - even though she was going through chemo,. Also, after finding out she had breast cancer, counseled me when I found I had it, too. There was much I didn't know about what would happen and she really helped me to understand what I'd be going through. Her boys are now amazing men, who I'm sure, will make their mark on all they meet. I am extremely sad about her passing and realize the world has lost just another pure soul. I know you're enjoying an espresso with my dad in heaven, continuing the stimulating conversations you both used to have...We'll see you on the other side, Cathy...
ANGEL PIZZURRO
Friend
April 27, 2018
A wonderful teacher and campaigner for Latin!
Marsha'l Westfall-Haessig
Acquaintance
April 25, 2018
Cathy was an excellent teacher and a lovely caring person. She inspired many students in her short time here in Austin. She will be missed.
Jo Green
April 25, 2018
Peggy Stephens-North
Friend
April 19, 2018
Peggy Stephens-North
Friend
April 19, 2018
Cathy was my dear friend for over 40 years and she will be deeply missed. She pulled me out of my comfort zone and made me sleep in a snow hut and jump naked into a hole in a frozen lake. We laughed and cried and despite a lapse of 20 years, when we reconnected - those two decades melted away. Cathy was so easy to talk to, open, and never judgmental. I will miss her. Cathy Edwards Scaife - Grace and Gracious. Lincoln, Adrian, Russell, Jane, Tom, Susan, John, Larry, My heart is breaking for you. We are all so lucky to have the time we had with her.
Peggy Stephens-North
Friend
April 19, 2018
Condolences from Ross's colleagues on the Suda OnLine project: Raphael Finkel, Patrick Rourke, Elizabeth Vandiver, William Hutton, and Catharine Roth. Cathy was a lovely person.
Raphael Finkel
Acquaintance
April 18, 2018
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