Cathy Ann (Heyde) Wilkinson… In Our Care…March 2, 2019
Cathy Ann (Heyde) Wilkinson
Clarksdale, Missouri…..Cathy A. Wilkinson, of Clarksdale, passed from this life, surrounded by her family and friends, on Saturday, March 2, 2019, after a hard fought battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born on April 13, 1955, in Stanberry, Mo., to Robert Alfred, and Ivalou (Summers) Heyde. Cathy was the third of six children.
On November 27, 1976, she married Jerry Dee Wilkinson, of Stanberry. To this union, one daughter, Natalie Ellen(Michael) Spiking, was born.
They were also parents to Jennifer Lynn (Waller) Montoya.
Cathy loved teaching K-12 instrumental and vocal music in Maysville, and K-6 vocal music at Mark Twain Elementary, in St. Joseph.
Cathy had a Masters Degree in Education, and was beloved by her students, young and old.
She was very involved in her community, playing for Sunday services at Island City Christian Church, and Clarksdale Christian Church.
She especially loved to sing and play the piano in church.
Most of all, She loved watching her children and grandchildren grow and achieve, so many things that made her proud.
Cathy was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry, her parents, Robert Alfred and Ivalou Heyde, her grandparents, Oakal Thomas and Myrtle Ellen (Cogdill) Summers, t wo aunts, and their husbands, Doris (Dale) West, and Dorthy (Ralph) Koch, niece, Christina Cameron, cousins, William (Bill) Koch, and Dwight West, and son in law, LeRoy Montoya.
Survivors include, her daughters, Natalie (Michael) Spiking, and Jennifer (Waller) Montoya.
Four granddaughters, Emma, Hannah, Claira, and Olivia Spiking, one grandson, Manuel Montoya, her sweetheart, Ted Wharton, of Stanberry, five siblings, Tom (Fern) Heyde, Stanberry, Mary Lou Cameron, St. Joseph, Karen (Kurt) Heyde-Lipanovich, St. Joseph, Debbie (Craig) Elder, St. Joseph, and Kevin (Tia) Heyde, Island City.
Additional survivors include Uncle David (Vikki) Heyde, Sandwich, IL, Aunt Suzanne Schlapp, Oswego, IL., and a multitude of nieces, nephews, dear friends, students , and colleagues.
In lieu of flowers Memorials may be made to: The Cathy Wilkinson Memorial Scholarship Trust Fund, in care of the Turner Family Funeral Home.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Turner Family Funeral Home, of Maysville, Mo.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Clarksdale Christian Church, Clarksdale, Mo. Rev. Joel Mitchell, Pastor of Oak Christian Church, and Rev. Bill Bracken, Pastor of Island City Christian Church, officiating.
Christian burial will follow at Oak Cemetery, Oak, MO.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at the Turner Family Funeral Home, Maysville,Mo. where the family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Online condolences: www.turnerfamilyfuneral.com
My thoughts and prayers for Cathy’s family
I knew Cathy when I taught at the Clarksdale School. She was absolutely a marvel! She directed a Christmas musical every year, with the entire student body in the cast, and each child had a costume. Of course, Cathy made all of the costumes! Angel wings, cranberries, shepherds – whatever was needed found its way to the stage from her sewing machine. She loved to have children sing and dance, and they loved her. She seemed to have boundless energy, and boundless faith in Jesus Christ. I remember one particular day when she wasn’t feeling well. I asked her, “Could you be expecting a baby?” She was sure that wasn’t the case, but about 7 months later, her daughter was born! She was absolutely delighted! I will always remember her for her joy, her love of her family, and her unbounded faith in God. And now she sings and dances with the angels! My prayers are with her family as they sing her to Heaven.
Natalie and Mike,
I taught with your mother at Clarksdale. She was an amazing person. I hadn’t seen her in a long time but I remember her with great affection. I remember many of the Christmas programs when she would make all the costumes and practice with all the students so they knew their parts. She will be greatly missed.
Rick also wanted me to express his condolences to the both of you but also to Kevin. Rick taught with him at Hillyard. Also, please let Karen know that I have her in my thoughts as well. I don’t know if she will remember me from my time as an elementary teacher or not.
I won’t be able to attend the visitation or funeral, but, I did want you to know I am thinking of you and your family. May God keep you and bless you.
Billie and Rick Sharp
My prayers for your family. She is with Jerry but she will be missed. I knew Jerry and Cathy from coin auction.
Mrs. Wilkinson was not only a wonderful teacher, but also a friend and “second Mom” to many of her students. Her music programs were so enjoyable and she always brought out the best in her students. Heaven has gained a new Angel. Thoughts and prayers to her family, friends and students.
Spent lots of time with Karen and Cathy while in school. She was truly a wonderful lady and will be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
Cathy was such a thoughtful caring woman. So glad there is no more suffering. Thinking of her family & keeping you in our prayers.
Dave & Cheryl Weaver
Natalie, want you to know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss. Your mother was a wonderful teacher and a great person.
She taught all four of my children at Clarksdale then at Maysville. They all loved her and never once did i hear any one of them say anything negative about her. She was always kind and loving to every student and parent. When my daughter Kandi was born Cathy came to my hospital room to see me. You, Natalie were just a baby and at the hospital suffering with whooping cough. She was concerned about you, but made the effort to come to see that Kandi and I were doing ok. Always thinking of others. The Lord has her in his arms and she has no more pain. I can only imagine the celebration in heaven when she arrived there. So loved by so many here. And she will be truly missed.
Cathy was a wonderful student of mine at Stanberry R-II, and she was a wonderful young lady. I was happy when she became an educator also. A beautiful person, gone too soon.
I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Cathy. She was a beautiful and talented educator who will live on through the students who were fortunate to have her. My deepest sympathy to the family.
I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Cathy. She was a beautiful and talented educator who touched so many lives. My deepest sympathy to the family.
This breaks my heart. Cathy was so much fun to be around. She truly blessed the world with her presence. My thoughts and prayers to all her family!!
I am so sorry to hear of Cathy’s passing. I first met Cathy when I was I in high school while she did her student teaching. And then when she taught at Maysville elementary. What a wonderful and beautiful person she was. I loved her positive attitude and cheerfulness. She will be missed.
Thoughts and prayers for the family. Cathy was a great lady. I had the pleasure of knowing her for a very long time. She will be greatly missed. Sing with the angels Cathy.
We are so very sorry for your loss. Words cannot express the caring and love Cathy shared with others. She was truly a God given gift to all who knew her.
Mrs. W was a wonderful lady. She was a great music teacher and she impacted alot of people that she came in contact with. She taught me to never stop singing. My thoughts and prayers for the family. She will be greatly missed.
Natalie, Michael and the girls.
Didn’t know your mom, but just know that her pain and suffering is gone and she is healed. HEAVEN RECEIVED A VERY SPECIAL ANGEL and hope that your family will be at ease knowing that she is now returned home. GOD BLESS YOU ALL
Rosana and Randall Davidson.
I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was one of the sweetest and most kind women I’ve ever met. May you take comfort in knowing someday you will be together again
Much l8ve to her family and friends.
I was her student early in her 30 years and she made music so much fun.
Pop bottle hoedown and Don Gato were our favorites. I still know all the words. She remembered everyone years and years later and always glowed with joy like we were her favorites every time we ran into her.
What a fun, Energetic, lovely person!
She brightened many, many people’s worlds and gave us love of song
Cathy and her little sister Karen were my “Skate girls” at the “Berry-Patch” roller rink in Stanberry. Great kids.
Debbie and Karen,
You dear ladies have been through so much lately, it seems. You are in my prayers. May God give you comfort.