A native of Marshall County, she was the daughter of the late Macie Crabtree McKinney and Edwin Earl McKinney. She was a retired as an accountant for Teledyne EMS Corporation and was a member of the Church of Christ.
In addition to her parents, her long-time companion, Dillard McGowan, preceded her in death in 2007.
Survivors include three daughters, Lisa Cathey Smith of Lewisburg, Julie Cathey (Bill) Hallenberg of Lewisburg, and Jennifer Cathey (Heath) Giles of Signal Mountain, Tenn.; and one sister, Betty McKinney (Emmit) McAdams of Murfreesboro. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, Matthew and Ben Briggs, Grace and Macy Smith, Nathan Harber, Carter and Elise Giles, and Allie Hallenberg; along with nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mrs. Cathey will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, from the chapel of Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home with Kyle Bolton and Tom Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Head Springs Cemetery in Belfast.
Mrs. Cathey's family will serve as active pallbearers, and honorary pallbearers will be the MCHS graduating class of 1962.
Visitation with the family will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Friday, June 15, at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Pancreatic Action Network at pancan.org.
You may sign Mrs. Cathey's online registry at www.billsmcgaugh.com.