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Catharine P. McKellar

September 9, 1927 ~ January 3, 2018 (age 90)
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Message from JDM
January 30, 2018 3:38 PM

My Great Grandmother was sweet as honey, unless you did'nt "mind" her!
Then she would threaten to " snatch you up by the hair of the head"!
... but she never did ... 💕
Message from Suzanne Loposay
January 17, 2018 10:31 AM

I just got the news today. Janice and Julian, My thoughts and prayers are with you both.
Suzanne Loposay
Message from Janice
January 17, 2018 2:34 PM

Thank you Suzanne. We really appreciate you remembering us.
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A candle was lit by Jodie Davis (Warner) on January 15, 2018 10:43 PM
Message from WWL
January 13, 2018 12:52 PM

I remember long ago when we lost each other your mother look after Cathy when we could not. I love her for that.
Bill Lassiter
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A candle was lit by Linda Metcalf on January 9, 2018 3:20 PM
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A candle was lit by Gwen Parker on January 9, 2018 11:09 AM
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A candle was lit by The Colangelo Family on January 8, 2018 10:55 PM
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A candle was lit by The Colangelo Family on January 8, 2018 10:51 PM
Dear Sarah, Cathi and family,
We all truly sorry to hear of the loss of your mom/grandma. We know how very difficult this time is. We pray that you find peace knowing that she is finally resting with our heavenly father. She will forever remain in your minds, hearts and lives. In time, your heavy hearts will feel lighter and the wonderful memories will warm you with her love.
All our love and prayers,
She,Jim,Stephen &Nicole Colangelo
Message from DLW-G
January 8, 2018 10:50 PM

A memory I have of grandmother was her beautiful laughter and her love of family gatherings.
A fun story:
Kayti and I had climbed up a tree in the front yard. Grandmother came out to check on us; tells us not to hurt ourselves or she would spank our buns. Kayti said ” I want cinnamon on my buns! " ( thinking grandmother was talking about a snack). Grandmother started laughing so hard, she could not be mad. 😀
Message from LAM
January 8, 2018 10:32 PM

My Mother story is when i was cleaning my apartment one day i noticed a wasp sitting up at the top of the window on the curtain . His head would turn the direction i was moving back and forth like he was watching me and I am to afraid of wasp to get close enough to them to kill them SO
I called my mama :) and she jumped right in her car and came over (at least a 20 minute trip one way) with her rolled up newspaper and killed that wasp within 2 minutes after she walked in my door !!! She saved my day.
Message from KQ
January 8, 2018 10:28 PM

... how Grandmother made an impression on me; Katie Quesada.
I have fond memories of the many family gatherings and adventures my sis and I had at the Millbrook house. Sitting on one of the many amazing chairs in the house - listening to Grandmother tell stories, her smile and laughter.
This one visit, my sis and I (Del was 10 and I was 7) were playing out front climbing and swinging off the limbs of one tree. And Grandmother sticks her head out of the front door to holler at us,"Y'all better not fall off that tree and bust your head!" As if she had predicted it - with my legs hooked over a limb, swinging upside down - I turn to look at her and say,"WHAT?!" And the next second I was falling from that limb busting my head on the ground!!!
I also remember her sassy attitude and how she always enjoyed getting hugs and love. This one time my sis was sitting on Grandmother's lap and they were chatting away, and started laughing about something, and sis accidentally tooted on Grandmother!!! And Grandmother was trying desperately to get Del off her lap but they were both laughing so hard Del couldn't get up and Grandmother couldn't push her out of her lap - it was absolutely hysterical!!!!
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A candle was lit by Becky Honeycutt on January 8, 2018 6:53 PM
Message from SEM
January 8, 2018 4:54 PM

************* High Flight ****************
Oh! She slipped the surly bonds of earth, 1/3/2018
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, --
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there ..
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
She topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark or even eagle flew --
And, while with silent lifting mind she trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out her hand, and touched the face of God.

(taken from poetry of John Gillespie Magee, Jr,
in memory of my Mother, Catharine P. McKellar)
Message from "Katie Leigh"
January 8, 2018 4:07 PM

- To Those I Love -
When I am gone, just release me, let me go - so I can move into my afterglow.
You mustn"t tie me down with your tears; let's be happy that we had so many years.
I gave you my love, you can only guess how much you gave me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown, but now it's time I travel on alone.
So grieve for me awhile, if grieve you must, then let your grief be comforted with trust.
It's only for awhile that we must part; so bless the memories within your heart.
And then, when you must come this way alone, I'll greet you with a smile and a " Welcome Home."
(this was found 1/3/2018, in a folder of clippings belonging to Catherine P. McKellar)
Message from Linda Coffey
January 8, 2018 3:13 PM

Lois & Rea: My thoughts & prayers go out to you. I know you will miss her. Love to you both!
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A candle was lit by Linda Coffey on January 8, 2018 3:09 PM
Message from LAM
January 8, 2018 1:29 PM

what i miss most about my mother , everything: her humor and wisdom, her concern for people's problems , even people she dosn't know.
how if she got angry and said a cuss word she would pause and say "excuse me" as if she had burped or something.
she loved god and jesus and had complete faith.
Message from JCW
January 8, 2018 12:33 PM

A Tribute to Grandmother
From Cathi
We all have a ‘happy place’ in life, where we find our Zen. As an adult, I find that place by the ocean...sitting or walking in the surf, taking in God’s glory. As a young child and growing up, my happy place was on grand-mama’s lap. She had this way of calming the senses with back rubs, hair strokes, and soft words of wisdom; Love. She was so good at that ... Love. When I got too big for her lap she still loved me with open arms, back tickles and sometimes notions of sweets stashed away. (I wasn’t supposed to have candy... but she would say it would be “our little secret” like it was a 007 covert operation!) She cooked fried chicken and cornbread and we would sit and talk while she shared each step, little shortcuts and tips, on how to make it like she did. I wish I could remember this detail now... no one makes it quite like her; Love. She was a lady of many facets ... she had “her shows” in the afternoon (this was quiet time in the house ... or outside time for some of us!), she was involved with the church, local business arrangements, and was a dedicated wife and mother ... “she raised 5 children and then me” she would say. She played a huge role in my upbringing, helping raise me from 1 1/2 yrs. old - 4 yrs. old which set the foundation for a very special connection between us; Love. My relationship with her was so close and never faltered, even when her body failed her in the last few years. She always knew me and made efforts to talk during my visits with her; Love. Her love fills this void that now remains. It is true, when all else fails, Love prevails.
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A candle was lit by Sarah Elizabeth McKellar on January 8, 2018 12:15 PM
Message from JPM
January 8, 2018 12:14 PM

Tribute to Mother
From Janice McKellar
I started this letter 12 years ago. I kept tweaking it, but I could never get it right enough to give to her and then it was too late:

Dear Mother,
I love you. I admire you for making a life for your family despite the difficulties you faced. I respect you for seeing it through with five kids. I am grateful to you for the many sacrifices you made in your life so that ours could be better than the life that you knew.

I wrote this while we were caring for Mother at RR:
If I could
Tuck you in the crook of my arm
Hold you
Rock you like a baby
Caress your brow
Stroke your hair
As I watch your eyes flutter into sleep
I would
I did.

Other comments:
She was a hard working, very intelligent and progressive thinking woman. Respected.
She continued to "fold clothes" as long as her hands could remember how.
She had a personal relationship with God and talked to him all along and well after we, on earth, could understand her words.
She loved all babies, kittens, little chics and anyone needing help.
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A candle was lit by Cathi Willoughby on January 7, 2018 8:07 PM
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A candle was lit by Gary Neal on January 7, 2018 4:42 PM
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A candle was lit by Janice Patricia on January 7, 2018 4:42 PM
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A candle was lit by Delphia on January 7, 2018 2:26 PM
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A candle was lit by Kayti & Mark Quesada on January 7, 2018 2:04 PM
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A candle was lit by carl on January 7, 2018 1:43 PM
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A candle was lit by judy leigh on January 7, 2018 1:42 PM
Message from Eddie Y
January 7, 2018 11:38 AM

Sending my condolences to the family and all who where close. In harmony with 2 Corinthians 1:2-4 may you find the comfort you need for each passing day as we look towards a future when all pain, suffering, even death will be no more. Revelation 21:3-5.
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A candle was lit by Lois Annette on January 5, 2018 7:41 PM
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