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Cathleen Martin

May 7, 1959 - Sep 20, 2017
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On Wednesday, September 20th, God stretched out his arms and welcomed Cathy to Heaven.  Cathy left this earthly world as she lived it – with an air of invincibility.
 
Cathy was born in Yakima on May 7th, 1959 and was raised on the family orchard in Cowiche, Washington.  She attended schools in the Highland School District.  After high school, Cathy graduated from the Radiologic Technologist program at Bellevue Community College and began her work as an x-ray technologist.  Cathy moved to Oahu, Hawaii where she worked at Queens Medical Center for eight years.  She returned to Seattle and worked at Harborview Medical Center for several years, then moved to Yakima to be with family.
 
Cathy was number five in a family of eight siblings.  She was clearly the leader of her younger brothers -Tommy, Johnny, and Jimmy, leading them in made up games of “Big Caars”, “Beckons Wanted”, and the non-stop baseball series on the side lawn, pitting Steven, Johnny, and Jimmy against Cathy and Tommy.  Her favorite activity was trading nickels for dimes with Tommy.  (Nickels are bigger, you know.) 
 
Cathy was an accomplished volleyball, basketball, track, and softball athlete.  Cathy won the 100-yard dash in the AAU Junior Olympics in junior high, and still holds basketball records at Highland High School for the most steals in a season (89) and most points in a game (34).  Cathy also played center field for the Yakima Stealers softball team for several years.  She was a fierce competitor and would always tell us she was the best athlete of the family, although this was much debated by her brothers.
 
Cathy liked to tell everyone “Martin” means “warrior”, that she was a Warrior for Christ, defender of the Catholic faith.  She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and her faith meant so much to her.   She loved spending time in her “cave” at home, reading the Bible, and contemplating her life in Heaven “where she would be free, understood, and take on her next job of caring for all the aborted babies”.
 
Cathy never met a stranger.  She could strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere.  It didn’t matter if it was the check stand clerk, church choir member, bus driver, or someone clearly down on their luck, Cathy made everyone feel welcome.
 
Cathy was devoted to her nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.  She was “that” aunt, who tirelessly played, invented games, (who can forget Kick Rock, Hide the Pennies, and running in the back yard filling a grocery sack with air and letting it go), and was a fixture at athletic, drama, ballet, and music events.  She was their #1 fan.
 
Cathy would tell you that in 1998 while living in Seattle, God told her to go a specific location where she would meet a friend for life.  It was there that Cathy met Catherine Lamont and together they were raising Catherine’s now 13-year old granddaughter, Mia, and Catherine’s now 2-year old great-grandson, Owen Elijah.  Cathy was a doting parent to each of them and loved them dearly.
 
Cathy was preceded in death by her father, Linden K. Martin; grandparents, George and Estella Martin, Orrin and Sarah (Grandma Debbie) Orsborn; infant sister Teresa; and infant niece Brenda.
 
Cathy is survived by her mother, Cecelia Martin; siblings Marilyn/Marty (Mike) Sliman, Gil (Donna) Martin, Steve (Michele) Martin, Elaine (Mark) Stevenson, Tom (Pat) Martin, John (Julie) Martin, and Jim (Lori) Martin; long-time friend Catherine Lamont; children Mia Ross and Owen Elijah Ross; nieces and nephews Brian (Chantelle), Debbie (Eric), Wendy (Gary), Tiffany (Kieffer), Jennifer Nicole (Jason), Meagan (Alex), Ryan, Carrie (Ben), Jason, Melissa (Pete), Grace, Jordan, Gillian, Trevor (Kendell), Drew, Ramsey, Lamiesse, Gabrielle, Jack, Malachi, Valentina, Ana-Sophia, Luke, Andrea, Isaac; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Hollie, Sydney, Shelby, Emy, Ryan, Zoe, Annie, Brittni, Katarina, Colton, Jaqueline, Bo, Reagan, Alyssa, Lillian, Paige, Noah, and Kennedy.
 
The family would like to thank Vicki and Len Dye, and Jere Irwin for their unconditional friendship to Cathy over the last several years.  
 
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, with luncheon following in the Gathering Hall.  Private inurnment will be at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions for Catholic Family and Child Service or Holy Family Parish, in care of Brookside Funeral Home, (PO Box 1267, Moxee, WA 98936)
 

 

 

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Funeral service

Sep 29, 2017:10:30 a.m.

Holy Family Catholic Church

Yakima, Washington

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Graveside

Calvary Cemetery

Yakima, Washington

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