Catherine A. Sears

July 23, 2018

Cathy's Story:

Cathy is the oldest sibling of eight whose greatest joys were found in her love of family, animals and music.

A guiding force and fiercely protective of her siblings, Cathy’s greatest accomplishment was raising a wonderful daughter as a single mom. Cathy and her daughter Tiffany were like two peas in a pod. They watched movies together, spoke of politics, loved shopping and enjoyed long conversations.

She loved the holidays and took great pleasure in having a house full of family with a football field table length of food.

Strong willed from birth, Cathy’s strength was never more evident than as a kidney transplant recipient. When doctors declared the kidney she received would last about ten years, she scoffed at that notion and lived with it for 33 years.

Cathy was a post WW2 boomer baby and when the British invasion and Motown first hit her little transistor radio so too came a lifelong love of music. Those adventurous styles of music mimicked Cathy’s adventurist spirit and she often brought her younger siblings along for the experience, be it skateboarding or daredevil bike riding. When the Beach Boys sang about “Waimea Bay,” she went with a sister to Hawaii to see that North Shore iconic location first hand.

Starting her career off as a hairdresser for a little known salon, she worked her way up the ladder, helping to turn the small company into a wildly successful chain of salons while also getting many of her siblings their first jobs and teaching them how to drive.

Beloved by her seven nieces and nephews, they loved how she always made them feel special with either a hip new haircut, lunch “dates” or by how excited she became every time she saw them.

Cathy will be forever missed and forever loved.

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