Catherine Marie Newman

August 1, 1959June 3, 2014
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Catherine Marie Newman - passed away on June 3, 2014 while enjoying life and adventure with her husband rafting through the Grand Canyon. She was a loving, nurturing mother to children Taira and Geoff, and a caring and supporting partner to her husband, Gary, for nearly 27 years. Born on August 1, 1959 in Michigan, Cathy grew up in Amarillo, Texas, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Texas Tech University, and lived in Arlington, TX, Seattle, WA and Phoenix, AZ. Her smiles, laughter, enthusiasm and encouragement touched many lives, including family, friends, co-workers and acquaintances. Cathy freely gave her time and energy to coach girls' volleyball and lead fund-raising auctions for the Waldorf Schools in Seattle and Phoenix. In addition to her immediate family, she is survived by her mother, Joanne Alder, her father, Richard Alder, and siblings, Rick, Mark, David, Paul and Teresa Altherr. A Memorial Service is planned for 1:30 PM Friday, June 13, 2014 at Valley of the Sun Mortuary and Cemetery, 10940 E. Chandler Heights Road, Chandler, AZ 85248. In lieu of flowers, dontations in Catherine's memory to one or more of the following are encouraged: Planned Parenthood; National Organization for Women; NPR.

Arrangements under the direction of Valley of the Sun Mortuary & Cemetery, Chandler, AZ.


  • Memorial Service Friday, June 13, 2014

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Steve & Laura West

July 29, 2014

We are so very sorry that it is at Cathy's passing that we are reconnected after all these many years. You and your family have our deepest sympathy. You were always such a dear, valued and respected friend in high school. We even got to share a short time together at Humboldt State University. But since that time it sounds like you and Cathy made a wonderful life together. We are very sorry that we never got to know her. We hope that there will be a time in the near future when we can catch up with you but please know that we will continue to remember you and your family in our prayers.

Shelley & Kevin Lauffer

July 8, 2014

Gary & Family - we loved getting to know Cathy on our rafting trip, she was a joy to be around and always made us smile! You and your family continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

Dave & Patti Ullrich

July 6, 2014

Gary, We are so sorry we missed hearing about Cathy till today. We know she will be missed. We wish you the best. We saw her just before your trip, with her siblings in the driveway while she was getting her mothers items together. Take Care, and stop in when you're in town.

Boyd Turner

July 5, 2014

Dear Gary, Geoff, and Taira -
Although the opportunities we had to be with Cathy were limited by distance, each time we were with her, we saw how much love and affection she had for Gary and your children. When we told our kids of her passing they remembered the Newman family visit to our house when they were young, and the big picnic we all shared along the McCloud River. It was a beautiful summer day and that is how we will remember Cathy

June 27, 2014

Dear Gary, Geoff and Taira ~
It was so good to receive your note yesterday. If I can ever do anything for you I am only a phone call away.
It is still difficult to believe that such a beautiful soul has gone to be with the Lord so young.
I have been reading some of the such treasured Christmas letters from you and Cathy. The synopses of your beautiful life are legacies for you and all of the rest of us.
With love and prayers to you all ~

Valerie Parkinson

June 27, 2014

Dear Gary, Geoff and Taira ~
I thank you so much for your note that I received yesterday. I am so glad that Taira is able to be with you this summer- you will be such support and comfort for each other. If there should ever be anything at all that I can do for you- just simply ask.
I have been reading some of your Christmas letters: creative literary treasures that have blessed me so much! "The Newman's Rhyme For Christmas Time" of of Geoff on the way...your close call in San Francisco- --1990's "Sands through the Hourglass..." Geoff arrives and you move to many synopses of your beautiful life together.

Kathleen Ruth

June 23, 2014

Dear Gary, Geoff, and Taira,
Steve and I were sadden to hear of Cathy's passing. We only met Cathy once, in Dallas. I'm pretty sure you guys had just announced your engagement. I always felt bad that we did not make it out to Gary's party in Seattle years back. It is our loss that we never got to know Cathy. I can tell by the pictures posted that she lived a very full life and that you enjoy many memories. If there is anything we can do for you guys, let us know. You are in our thoughts and prayers Steve and Kathy Ruth

Barbara Mayer

June 18, 2014

Dear Gary and Family,

I was shocked and saddened when I heard the news of Cathy's passing. Her dedication to her family and zest for life will be missed. She made everyone around her feel like a valued friend. Each year I looked forward to her Christmas newsletter recapping your family's travels and life events.

Gary, my deepest condolences to your family. May God grant you peace.

June 17, 2014

What a terrible shock that was. We were deeply saddened when we heard the news of this tragic event and have thought about it sorrowfully and tearfully every day since then.
Cathy was such a lively fun person, energetic and athletic. Just so unfair to lose her so young and many people will be at a loss.
The choice of charities also shows her high concern for helping others and doing the right thing. We will remember her in all the best ways, enjoying life, while being a great mother, bringing up two children in her likeness. Thanks for Cathy's contributions to everything she did.
Our deepest heartfelt condolences to Gary, Geoffrey and Taira.

Philip and Lynne Wolstenholme, Atlanta GA

Tara Papaccio

June 14, 2014

Dear Gary and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.