Cathleen Cline

06/28/1961 - 02/09/2015
Service Date: 02/14/2015
Service Time: 10:00 a.m.
Service Location: San Tan 1st Ward, 3544 S. Atherton Blvd, Gilbert, AZ

Cathleen Cline, nee Skank, age 53, passed away from complications of Acute Myeloid Leukemia in Gilbert, Arizona on February 9, 2015 at the Banner Gateway Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Possessed of a determined, loving, intelligent, creative and caring nature, Cathy was good at finding the funny peccadilloes in life – telling “little Cathy” stories and jokes, she made fun with what life gave, “Laugh it up, fuzzballs!” Born in Ennis, Montana to David and Jynean Peterson Skank, Cathy grew up in McAllister, Montana where she enjoyed the wide open skies and countryside. Raised on a ranch, she was capable and talented – herding cattle on her horse Lancer. She won awards in 4H and was talented at sewing, drawing, and watercolor. She played percussion and piano in high school. She received her Associates at Rick’s College before serving an 18mo mission in San Diego, California. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, she married Christopher Cline, her surviving husband in the SLC, Utah temple. A dedicated wife, daughter, and mother, she raised her four surviving “chickadees”—Zarissa, Greg, Emily, and Megan – homeschooling them many years and ensuring they all played an instrument while moving to a total of 11 different houses in 6 states across the U.S. during her marriage. She stayed close with her parents and sister Stacey (surviving) and brother Jeff (surviving) in Montana. Making every house a home with her care, laughter and love, she taught her children to take care of themselves physically and spiritually. Cathy’s focus in life was on being close to God and with her family.  She was active in church; she was a cub scout Den Mother, Primary President, Relief Society counselor, and Achievement Days leader. She always took time to listen and care for others despite becoming increasingly ill for 14 years. She underwent two stem cell transplants, frequent blood transfusions, and multiple bouts of chemotherapy. Cathy studied constantly – a voracious reader her whole life, “Oooh, interesting!” was a common phrase. With two green thumbs, every house had potted plants and a garden. Flowers, sunsets, nature’s creatures and beauties were her special delight. Devoted, she loved fiercely and gave all.

 

Thanks and love to family, friends, neighbors, doctors, and nurses who gave so much service and joy during her life, and especially her mother Jynean, who stayed with Cathy for months at a time throughout her illness.

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  • Marlene rock wood

    Oh my Emily I am so sorry! If u need to talk call me 406-438-7549

    Chris my heart popes out to u and the children

    Much love
    Chad n Kandy beck
    Marlene and Daren Rockwood

  • Chris, so sorry for your loss. I loved Cathy so much she was very dear to me as are you and the girls. My heart and my prayers go with you all as you mourn this loss. If there is anything I can do to be of comfort please let me know. May The Lord be with you in your hour of need. So few words but cherished memories of a dear sweet friend and sister in the gospel.

  • Gary and Monica Havk

    Chris,
    We were so sorry to hear about Cathy. She was a lovely woman who we had the pleasure of knowing. She will truly be missed! Please know that you and your children are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • You are an amazing family! I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to get to know Cathy in our Hondo ward. What a choice person! Love and prayers for you.

  • Jean Eldridge-Shea

    My heart was broken when I heard of Cathy’s passing. She was the first friend I made when I moved to Ennis many years ago and her quiet humor and kindness were such a blessing. I never heard her say anything bad about anyone in all the years I knew her. Please know that your family is in my prayers.

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