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Posted By Whitney & Murphy On June 24, 2021 @ 8:18 am In Obituary | 3 Comments

Cathleen Cokely Cavanagh 2

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 23, 2021, Cathleen Cokely Cavanagh passed safely and peacefully from this life at the age of 87. She was born on September 10, 1933, to Winnifred and George Cokely in San Jose, California. She was the younger sister to her brother, George, and a long-time valley resident.

She graduated from North High School and began her working life at a Men’s clothing store. It is there that she met the man she would marry and spend the rest of her life with, Thomas Cavanagh. Married for 66 years, she and Tom brought five healthy children into this world and raised them in a wonderful, adventurous, and challenging life. A long-time member of Arizona Country Club, she spent many hours sitting in the backyard of her home on the golf course, watching kids swim, playing hide and seek, planning 4th of July parties, watching swim meets, and supporting future junior golf contenders.

Cathie loved her family, and it was her deepest desire to be the very best wife and mother that she knew how to be. Her family was her life. She knew just what to say and what to do when life brought unexpected situations. She never missed an opportunity to celebrate life and to celebrate those around her.

She was a powerful listener, with an open heart and was the one who was always there. She was a marvelous cook, she threw fabulous parties, and never left anyone out. She always knew how to make everyone feel welcome; that was one of her most profound gifts. She welcomed all into her world, no matter who they were.

She was a girl scout leader, a home room mom, and a volunteer for many charity organizations. She loved the ocean, and she loved the mountains, and she treasured her life and her homes there.

She is survived by her four remaining children, Laurie Helgeson (Grant), Colleen McGuire (David), Meg Murphy (Brian) and Tim Cavanagh, as well as 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren, who all knew her as Gramma & Muttie.

Cathie was preceded in death by her husband Tom, her son Eddie, her parents, and her brother.

“May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sunshine warm upon your face and the rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His Hand”.

A Visitation will be held 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Sunday, June 27, 2021, at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am, Monday, June 28, 2021, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, 5045 E. Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018.

A Celebration of Life following the Mass will be held at The Gainey Ranch Golf Club at 7600 E. Gainey Club Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85258.

Condolences and Hugs from Home may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

Condolences for the family of “CAVANAGH, CATHLEEN COKELY”

Condolence from Mike and Katy Cavanagh on June 24th, 2021 9:12 am

Aunt Cathie’s smile and warm welcome will always be special for our family. Laughing and enjoying life with Cathie and Tom will remain a blessing in our lives. Hugs and warmest thoughts for their beautiful family.

Condolence from Cathy and Randy Smith on June 26th, 2021 2:22 pm

Dear Tim,

Although we did not know your mother, not knowing her is certainly a regret for us. She sounds like such an amazing, caring and beautiful person. You are indeed blessed to have had her in your life for as long as you were able.

We have both been without our parents for over 6 years and miss them dearly. The gift of the special memories they left to us truly means that they have never left us. We know you will have an endless supply of the memories from your parents to cherish as well.

We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Best personal regards,
Cathy and Randy Smith

Condolence from Tom and Cathy Knoell on June 27th, 2021 3:53 pm

Dearest Laurie, Colleen, Meg, Tim, & clan,
My earliest memory of your mom was when I must have been 19 years old or so, maybe a little younger. I remember I was so taken with the fact your mom and dad’s names were Tom and Cathie, just like our names. When my Tom finally introduced me to your mom, (and dad) I was just in awe of your mom. She was absolutely the cutest person ever; so loving, so wonderfully sweet, and so friendly to me, a new comer in the family, I totally agree with you, that your mom’s gifts were to make everyone feel welcomed and really special. She didn’t have a controversial or mean bone in her little body. We didn’t see your mom as often as we would have liked over the years, but I (and my Tom) always looked forward to visiting with her when we had the chance. It seemed that over the years, she never changed, she was just as nice and sweet as ever.
God Bless you all, and your sweet mom. We will always pray for your mom and dad, and remember them as they were.
With sincerest and warmest regards,
Cathy Knoell

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