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12-31-2009 3:39 AM -- By: Jay Cash, From: Currently Living in Germany
This is a great site you have built. I just always remember coming to visit (when we would visit) and Cathy being so nice. I just felt as though she was keeping a home warm and homey. I only wish we would have spent more time growing up together so I could know her better. God Bless and keep her in him arms forever more. -Jay and Nori Cash
12-31-2009 12:23 AM -- By: Diana Turner Yaggie, From: Fort Mill SC
I am so sorry for your loss and am thinking about all of you and your family.
12-30-2009 10:36 PM -- By: Dale Watkins, From:
When we were children, we spent a lot of time with each other, growing up together, sleeping over at each others homes often. We grew up, got married and did not stay in touch as much as we should have but we were still close friends and knew we could rely on the other for anything. I will miss Cathy and her sweet spirit very much. I know she is with Jesus and waiting for us to join her. I love you Cathy, Dale
12-30-2009 9:02 PM -- By: Carlann Scherping, From: Columbus, NC
Cathy was an amazing woman! I admired her inner beauty, her strength, and her wisdom. Although I seldom saw her in recent years, our friendship from long ago is one that I treasure. Our hours on the phone after spending the day together in the classroom just couldn't be explained except to say that we were of the same spirit. For those years we were like sisters. Such a wonderful friend!
Her Easter has come, and she is finally free from pain. That said, it doesn't make it any easier knowing she is no longer here.
12-30-2009 8:33 PM -- By: Jennifer Prince, From: NC
I grew up with the Giles family. Please accept my condolences for your great loss.
12-30-2009 7:59 PM -- By: Mary Freeman, From: Asheville
I feel truly blessed to have known your wonderful Mother, Daughter, Sister and friend, Cathy Cash. She was an inspiration to everyone who had the honor to know her. I wish that I could have had more time to get to know her and have deep regrets that I was not able to see her before she passed. I will always carry her warmth, kindness and love in my heart. She was and is a truly amazing and unique woman and I am grateful for the time that I was blessed to have with her.
12-30-2009 6:27 PM -- By: Del &Noreen Stevens, From: Anderson, SC
Cathy came into our lives for just a moment in time, but in that brief time, we could feel the love and caring she generated. Her sincerety, and truth were evident in all conversations and actions. She gave unconditionally of herself. I'm sure she was & always will be a living example of true faith and love. To strive for these qualities in life is what all mankind should do. God Bless you her family and friends. Respectfully, Noreen & Del
12-30-2009 12:55 PM -- By: Carol E. Pennell, From: Asheville, NC
A Prayer. Offered up in her memory.
Father Mother God, thank You for Your presence during the hard and mean days. For then we have You to lean upon.
Thank You for Your presence during the bright and sunny days, for then we can share that which we have with those who have less.
And thank You for Your presence during the Holy Days, for then we are able to celebrate You and our families and our friends.
For those who have no voice, we ask You to speak.
For those who feel unworthy, we ask You to pour Your love out in waterfalls of tenderness.
For those who live in pain, we ask You to bathe them in the river of Your healing.
For those who are lonely, we ask You to keep them company.
For those who are depressed, we ask You to shower upon them the light of hope.
Dear Creator, You, the borderless sea of substance, we ask You to give to all the world that which we need most - Peace.
12-30-2009 10:37 AM -- By: LULA MAE ARLEDGE WALKER, From: MILL SPRING, N.C.
12-30-2009 7:30 AM -- By: Joy Lovoy, From: Asheville, NC
Blessings to all of you. I know your mother, sister, daughter was a fighter. A fighter to be with you and love you all. I knew Cathy through Amy, but never had the opportunity to meet her. Never the less, she was an inspiration to me on how to be strong in suffering. She has been in my prayers for over a year and now you all will continue to be. My love to all of you. The memorial is beautiful and she would be proud! Joy Lovoy
12-30-2009 1:03 AM -- By: Becky Peters, From: Fountain Inn,SC
Cathy was my District Manager when I started with Avon ,10 years ago. She was the sweetest person. She was always there when you had problems, always there to help .She will be truly missed.
12-29-2009 9:11 PM -- By: Sean Perry, From: Asheville NC
I offer my sincere condolences for the loss of your mom/sister/friend/et all. With love.
12-29-2009 8:41 PM -- By: Gloria Leader, From: Asheville
My condolences to all who know and love this beautiful, vibrant spirit. I didn't know her well, but appreciate the courage and strength with which she made her journey. May God bless her and those she loves. Blessings. Gloria
12-29-2009 5:17 PM -- By: Kelly Pippinger-Clark, From: Asheville
12-29-2009 5:05 PM -- By: Beth Hartman, From: Sarasota, Florida
Even though I never had the opportunity to know Cathy personally, I do know of the blesings her \life has brought from thjose who love her. Cathy herself and your love for her echoes in all of your words. Bless you all and the love you share.
Loving prayers for all of you.
12-29-2009 3:14 PM -- By: Dianne Boswell, From: Asheville
Your courage, wisdom and desire to live has and will continue to inspire me. You will always have a place in my heart and I am saddened by our loss but rejoice in your peace.
With much love and admiration,
12-29-2009 8:42 AM -- By: Kim Bojko, From: NC
I was very sorry to hear of Cathy's passing and my thoughts and prayers are with you, her family and friends. I didn't know Cathy very well, but was lucky enough to have her in my life for a short while. I did know her well enough to know that she was an amazing woman with a beautiful spirit. Even while she was going through her own battle, she helped me through my own battle with cancer. She will truly be missed.
12-28-2009 10:12 PM -- By: Lynn McClure, From: This Song Kills Cancer.org
Dear friends , below is a letter that Cathy's sister wrote to her prior to her death and I asked Amy if I could share it with all of you. With her permission, I want you to know Cathy through the eyes of someone who loved her dearly. Cathy was a truly remarkable woman and loved so much, will be missed so much, would have loved so much more and done so much more if only she didn't have to leave us so soon.
December 15, 2009
I have thought about writing to you over and over but felt afraid to. I am not completely certain as to why but I do know in part that I felt if I wrote to you that I was somehow saying that you will not survive this situation. I guess I have come to realize now that ….that is not the point. The point is sharing my heart after witnessing this struggle regardless of the outcome. Watching you go through this obviously has made me think and ponder so many different things about life. Why do people suffer? Why are we here….all of that. Knowing you, I am sure you have many of your own questions.
You have been so many things to me. A sister…an older sister (there’s a difference)…at times a mother and always a mentor and a friend. My soul searching confidant - a seeker of truth.
Thank you for all the times you have listened to me and offered your wisdom. Thank you for your patience when I felt I just could not “get it” no matter how hard I tried or wanted to get it. Your acceptance –laughter-sincerity-patience –and love did not ever go unnoticed or unappreciated.
I am not sure if you remember this but it was during a time when I was really struggling and I called you and could not reach you and I told you later that day while driving in my car that I said to the Universe “please do no t take her” …. this was way before you were ill. This was what I now think of as a time when life was “grand” ...you were not ill but in that moment in time-I realized how much I needed you- so much so that I voiced it out loud to the powers that be. You have been a rock for me….a soft place and a haven. I have always referred to your home as “my haven “….a place where I could relax and breath and laugh and let go and contemplate life…feeling accepted –wanted- alive-safe all of those kinds of feelings. Now when I reflect-we both know –it was not your house-it was the space you created –the home you created that provided me and so many others this wonderful euphoria. Thank you. Thank you Cathy.
I have loved you up close and personal. Never at arm’s length. At times during this past year I have wanted to love you at a distance because of my fear-anxiety-sadness- and powerlessness over your health. I can say without one shed of doubt that by far this is the hardest thing I have ever been witness to. Regardless of how I seem or act---it is heart breaking to watch you go through what you have gone through. Please know without a doubt that if I could take this away from you and have you healthy again-I would. I have lit many candles, written affirmations for you, prayed, negotiated with the universe…. I have felt at times a great sense of hope and gratitude and at other times -a racing heart-shortness of breath and like someone has reached inside of me and pulled the joy right out of me.
I think back on so many conversations we have had over the years and how over time those conversations turned more and more to “being” and “presence” and recognizing that all we have is this moment. The past is the past and the future is not written and really never arrives if we stay in the moment. This journey takes me closer and closer to these ways of thinking. We only have right now.
Your courage inspires me and you have so much to be proud of in your life. You have touched so many people and your wisdom is a part of so many people. I mean A LOT! Thank you for your part in bringing 3 wonderful children into this world and know if you leave this life before I do that I will try to mentor and be their grounding point as you have been for so long to me. God…! I have got a lot of work to do! Does this mean I will have to sing louder in church? It does to me because if you were to go before me, I will feel the need to make up for the loss this world will surely endure. In turn, sing louder, accept folks where they are on their path and love them…..love them as well as you do.
12-28-2009 5:08 PM -- By: Sam Rawlings, From: Melbourne, Australia
Hello family of Cathy,
Thank you for sending this link to people like myself who are a long way away but who have been touched and deeply saddened by Cathy's passing.
I had the priveledge of spending time with you all a number of years ago when I was travelling to the States. I met Cathy through her beautiful sister Amy. I was amazed then, as I am amazed now by Cathy's amazing ability to touch people and to love those around her.
I hope you all find strength in each other during this difficult time. Please know I am thinking of you all and sending you love.
I thought you mum, sister, daughter, friend was a gorgeous woman and I feel confident that her spirit will live strong in you all.
Much love from my family to yours.
Sam Rawlings xx
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