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Cathleen Anne Williams passed away peacefully on April 11, 2023, in Provo, Utah, after a courageous battle with ALS - Lou Gehrig's Disease. Born on December 18, 1952, in Lansing, Michigan, Cathy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend who touched the lives of countless individuals with her faith, selflessness, and unwavering love.
Cathy is survived by her devoted husband, Richard Larry Williams, and their beautiful blended family, including children Sarah Anne Fagerburg, Timothy Paul Miller II, Matthew David Miller, Michelle Jeannette Miller, Daniel Jacob Miller, Rebecca Kay Nye, Rebecca Ann Frazier, David Hugh Williams, Daniel Evan Williams, Nathan Warren Williams, Deborah Ellen Goldsberry, Miriam Jean Stay, Benjamin Owen Williams, Elizabeth Lindsay Macdonald, John Larry Williams, Mark Carter Williams, and foster daughter Kelly Walters Jennings. Cathy is also survived by her siblings Steve Butler, David Butler, Diana Kuerth, Erin Pack, Patrick Butler, Marie Butler, and Melanie Warn.
She was preceded in death by her parents, David Charles Butler and Peggy K. Raymond Butler, and her brother Lynn Butler.
Cathy's professional life was marked by her entrepreneurial spirit and strong work ethic. For many years, she owned and operated A&T Cleaning, a successful business that served her community with pride. Her dedication to her work was always superseded by her commitment to her family, faith, and her involvement in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her faith led her to serve an 18-month mission in California, Oakland Mission, from 1974-1975, where she shared her testimony and love for Jesus Christ with others. Cathy held numerous callings within the Church, including Stake Sunday School Secretary, Ward Missionary, Primary President, and Relief Society President among many other callings. Cathy, in spite of her declining health, served valiantly in her last calling leading the Achievement Day Girls. She also served alongside her husband in his callings in the Colorado, Colorado Springs Mission Presidency and later as the Stake Patriarch of the Fountain Colorado Stake for 10 years. She loved to serve in the temple and attended as frequently as she could throughout her life.
Cathy and Larry were incredibly proud of their 64 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, cherishing every moment spent with their ever-growing family. Cathy enjoyed remodeling, sewing, crafting, and decorating, always finding creative ways to express her love for beauty. She also loved gardening, hunting, canning, everything outdoors and loved going barefoot inside or out. She had a love for singing and could often be found singing in the ward or stake choir. Cathy also adored playing games with her family, from Farkle to Euchre, creating lasting memories and fostering a spirit of fun and togetherness.
Above all, Cathy's life was defined by her love for her Savior, Jesus Christ. She was a loving, faith-filled, and selfless wife, mother, grandmother, and friend who dedicated her life to serving others and sharing her testimony. Her unwavering faith and devotion to her family and friends will be forever remembered and cherished by all who knew her.
Cathy's legacy of love, faith, and selflessness will live on through her family and the countless lives she touched. She will be deeply missed, but her memory will continue to be a source of strength, inspiration, and comfort for all who knew and loved her.
The family will receive friends from 10:00-10:45 am on Friday, April 21, 2023, at The Church of Latter-day Saints in Kingsport, TN. The funeral service to honor the life of Cathy will follow with Bishop Joe Ewing officiating. Those who wish to attend the committal service will then proceed to Snyder’s Memorial Gardens located at 5913 Kingsport Hwy, Gray, TN 37615.
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Snyder’s Memorial is honored to serve the family of Mrs. Cathleen Anne Williams.