Edwards Funeral Home


Catherine Sandahl

April 28, 1931April 27, 2021

Catherine Sandahl passed away peacefully Monday evening, surrounded by her family. Catherine was born April 28, 1931 in Fort Smith, the only child of Catherine Youmans McCartney and Paul E. McCartney, and was a granddaughter of Federal Judge Frank A. Youmans. She spent most of her life in Fort Smith, and as a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

Catherine attended Fort Smith High School, graduating in 1949, and went on to Randolph Macon Womens’ College where she joined Chi Omega sorority. Catherine transferred to the University of Arkansas and graduated in 1953. After returning to Fort Smith, she spent her time teaching at Madden School of Dance, where she had enjoyed many hours dancing as a young girl. In 1953 Catherine met a handsome soldier who was stationed at Fort Chaffee. She would marry Paul Sandahl in 1955, and would go on to have 3 children.

Catherine was very active in First Presbyterian Church of Fort Smith and Presbyterian Women. She represented her church at Church Women United for many years. She also loved her many civic activities, including the board of Lincoln Daycare, Junior League, P.E.O., Wednesday Club, Sparks Guild, and the Fort Smith Chorale Board. She continued to practice dance as a hobby through the years, and joined Paul in his love of music. They loved to travel and hike. One of her favorite things was meeting with dear friends for hikes, picnics, and birthday lunches. Catherine was the embodiment of grace and gentle kindness, and those who knew her remember a quick and subtle sense of humor, which served her well through her ending days.

She is survived by her husband Paul Sandahl, daughter Anne Amacker (Tom) of Plano, Texas, daughter Margaret Little (Jeff) of Dallas, Texas, son Locke Sandahl (Cynthia) of Nashville, Tennessee, and 6 grandchildren, Ellen Angel, Mary Haupert, Andrew Little, Alex Little, Gretchen Sandahl, Elisabeth Sandahl, and 3 great grandchildren, Eve and Evan Angel, and Elena Catherine Haupert. A memorial service will be held on Saturday May 8, 2021, at 11:00 AM, at First Presbyterian Church. Masks will be required. The service will be livestreamed at, Private family burial will be in Forest Park Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.

The family will receive guests in the fellowship hall following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Fort Smith.


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, May 8, 2021


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Connie & Gordon Reynolds

May 2, 2021

Anne / Margaret - We are so sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. We have many wonderful memories of her. God has a wonderful angel. A special lady

Joanne Riddick

May 2, 2021

Much love and prayers to Paul, Anne, Margaret and Locke and families - the family that Catherine loved and in which she took such pride. I was blessed to grow up with Catch and our lives have intertwined ever since. One day we shall celebrate b-days together again!!!! Joanne Riddick and Haley clan.

Mary Kay Henson

May 1, 2021

Catherine was one of the loveliest of ladies I have known. Loved our days in the Child Study group.. My sympathy to the family.

Jane Jamell Hinkle

April 30, 2021

Richard and I extend our deepest sympathy for the loss of Catherine. She was such a kind, gentle and sweet spirit. My Mom treasured the many years of friendship she had with her. Praying you find comfort in the wonderful memories you have.

Alicia Minden

April 30, 2021

I remember her and the daughters from Madden School of Dance. Nice memories!
May she rest in peace.

Jimmie Lou Sagely

April 30, 2021

Our deepest love and sympathy. Fond memories of our trying to lean to play golf and our child study group.

Floyd and Jimmie Lou Sagely

Sam wood

April 29, 2021

Catherine was a sweet and dear friend all through my growing up years in Fort Smith. I lived just down the street from Miss Madden's dance school and after Catherine was finished there she would stop by my house for a visit. Her friendship will be sorely missed but her
memory will linger on. Rest In Peace.
Paul you will gain great strength with wonderful memories of your
beautiful years of marriage to Catherine.