Ponderings . . .

In Memory of My Cathy

Today marks one of the most devastating and heartbreaking experiences in my life.  After a short and aggressive battle with cancer, my dear cousin, Cathy, has ended her journey on earth and has made her home with God in Heaven.  Since I was a little child witnessing Cathy’s strength, fortitude, and determination, she always inspired me to follow my dreams, regardness of the distance and hurdles to cross.  Cathy was “self-made” in every sense of the word; an aspiring actress, a successful business woman, a teacher, a writer, and a friend to all those she encountered.   Dedicated to self growth and personal enrichment, she never missed an opportunity to expand her horizons through charity organizations, seminars, classes and, her greatest love of all, the theatre where she freely expressed her passion for life.  From this day forward, my life will be void of her sweet smile and contagious laughter!  Over the years, I have come to rely on spending holidays with Cathy, my Aunt Una, and my mom.  Every Fourth of July was spent at Aunt Una’s house, watching fireworks, splashing around in the pool, and shouting patriotic expressions SO LOUD that neighbors could hear us several houses away!  Thanksgiving; a time spent “pigging out” on  turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and (Cathy’s favorite), my mom’s special “7-Up Cake” will never be the same without her!  Last, but not least, CHRISTMAS — GLORIOUS CHRISTMAS, where we all exchanged gifts, decorated trees together, and ATE.   How will I “ever” get through these holidays without my Cathy!  I know that she is at peace now and will never be sick again, or be in any pain, but it doesn’t make me miss her any less!   Her joyful spirit will always be alive in my heart as I face the difficult days ahead!   God bless you, by beautiful and darling cousin!!!

“BROKEN CHAIN”  by Ron Tranmer

We little knew that morning

God was to call your name.

In life we loved you dearly,

in death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you,

You did not go alone.

For part of us went with you

The day God called you home.

You left us beautiful memories,

Your love is still our guide,

And though we cannot see you,

You are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken,

and nothing seems the same,

But as God calls us one by one,

The chain will link again.

CATHERINE LACY Catherine Joy Lacy was called to her Heavenly home Sept. 27, 2016. She was born Oct. 12, 1950, in Oklahoma. She and her family settled in Las Vegas in the mid-1950's. Catherine was a realtor for over 25 years in California and Las Vegas, but her real love was dramatic arts and theatre. She studied acting at UNLV and Julliard School of the Arts in New York. She starred in many productions and received accolades for her acting. Her beauty, cheerfulness, sense of humor and love of family, friends and animals endeared her to everyone she met. We will always remember her as the "Joy" in our lives. Catherine was preceded in death by her brother, Wesley Lacy; and her stepfather, Frank Everitt. She is survived by her loving mother, Una Everitt of Las Vegas; her niece, Stephanie Bynum and her family of Henderson; and her dogs, Priscilla and Pucci. Celebration of life is pending at the Las Vegas Country Club Rotunda Room. Catherine devoted much of her time rescuing dogs and cats. Donations in Catherine's memory can be made to Heaven Can Wait Animal Society.


Mom’s New Car

(6/11/2016) I went with Mom this moring to buy her a new car.  She purchased it from Enterprise Car sales, so it isn’t “exactly” new; it’s a 2015 Jeep Cherokee.   She got an excellent deal on it and it has very low milage.  It’s easy for her to drive and she “so far” manages it well on the road.

.© Mary Darby 2016