As I have read the notes offered already, I am saddened that we *all were not there when she was taking those walks, baking great cakes, reading/telling great stories ...adding mushrooms to the menu - and loving thru the years.
We all got to know your mother little by little as we would go to the nursing home to sing for the residents every other month or so. She *loved the singing and the variations of ages in the children, wks old to 18 years old. (Our family participates with several other homeschool families in this venture.)
She always had a kind word to say , blessed each & shook their hand. Catherine had a *terrific smile & bright eyes.
Thru the months, the children were growing ... seeing that they were outgrowing her ... at their very young age. This growing delighted them ... and encouraged them as they saw her from month to month.
She would sing along often, and dance in the room, which also was a great encouragement to all.
Sometimes I would go to the nursing home on the weekend .. and play the piano for an hour. She would always come up to me while I was playing and sing along. She knew the melodies and the words. We both enjoyed that so much.
Because of how she showed love to everyone around her, it was easy to feel appreciated, to smile and 'love' back. She was an example to us.
We will *miss her *very much.