Mrs. Catherine Colleen Aden

April 25, 1952February 24, 2014
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Catherine Colleen Aden peacefully went to her Lord and Savior on Monday, February 24, 2014, at Hinds Hospice. Cathy was born on April 25, 1952, to Stanley and Dorothy Wilkins in Sacramento, CA. Little Cathy was a beautiful child who learned about her savior at Fresno Peace Lutheran Church with her brothers, Daniel and Michael Wilkins. She kept Jesus in her heart for her entire life. Cathy met her husband, Barry Aden, in 1969, and have been married since August 4, 1972. She raised two sons, Chadley Joseph Stanley and Brent Collin Barry Aden; and her baby daughter, April Amber Adams Aden. Cathy devoted her life to Jesus and her family and helping her son, Brent, fight Autism. She spent years making sure Brent had a wonderful life and was on many TV and radio talk shows explaining and raising awareness of Autism. Cathy did research and sought treatment all over the country, which greatly helped her son.She was in charge of the Fresno premier and fund raiser for the hit movie Rain Man in 1986. Cathy and her family moved to Middletown, OH in 1976, to get into the family restaurant business. They also lived in Knoxville, TN for four years, before moving back home to Fresno in 1982. Cathy worked at Internal Medicine Associates for 25 years and retired on January 10, 2014. She was a Phlebotomist and Laboratory Supervisor. She loved working with medicine and caring for patients. Her patients, co-workers and doctors all became part of her extended family. She loved them all. Cathy loved family, work and being in her home and garden. She loved the beach and Disneyland but most of all being with her family. Her love of God and Jesus made her life and death complete. The family wants to thank Nancy Hinds Hospice for their affection and faith and all of her doctors who cared for her. Cathy's blessed life is survived by husband Barry; and sons, Chad and his wife Krista, and Brent; and daughter, Amber Adams and her husband Kasen; and grandchildren, Andrew, Truth Catherine, September Jane, and Cricket Elisabeth. She is also survived by her brothers, Daniel and Michael Wilkins; and sisters-in-law; and many nephews and nieces and their families.

A Celebration of Cathy's Life will be held at Hope Lutheran Church on Saturday, March 15, 2014, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. It will be informal and fun. Donations may be made to US Fund for Children's, UNICEF, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY, 10038.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, March 15, 2014
  • Gaveside Service Monday, March 3, 2014

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January 4, 2015

I am saddened to hear of Cathy's passing. I completed my Externship with her as My Supervisor, She carried a warming and uplifting spirit, and will be deeply missed

Mary Olvera

March 11, 2014

I too am a patient of Internal Medicine, Dr. Helen Jones, and I am saddened to read of the passing of Cathy. I would wait an hour if I had to so she could get my blood. I have very difficult veins (and I am young) and she always got it on the first try and it never hurt. As others have said here on this forum, she was the best at what she did, everyone didn't mind doing a blood test as long as she was there and she just made the world a better place. I'm glad I always hugged her after each test and thanked her for being so kind. I am truly going to miss her and to her family, I'm so very sorry for your loss during this time.

Jim Steinberg

March 6, 2014

I live in part thanks to Cathy, so she lives on in me as in hundreds of other medical patients, friends and family whom she touched and so warmly cared for. She poked my vein countless times, yet I looked forward to every blood sampling visit. She helped me through cancer, two heart surgeries and regular tests of my coagulation rate.
Cathy never preached religion to me, yet I recognized Godly love in her words, her eyes, her smile, her reassurance, her comfort, her strength, her laugh, her compassion. Cathy taught me to be a better person, and I shall try to pass on her lesson to all I encounter. Thank you, Cathy.

Gloria DeLaRosa

March 6, 2014

Dear Aden Family,

Cathy was a dear sweet friend as well as co-worker. She will forever be remembered by her beautiful smile and genuine soul. I know family was the most important thing to her, especially her grandchildren which we had many wonderful conversations about. Cathy will be greatly missed but will live on through her children and grandchildren.


March 5, 2014

The Arden and Wilkens Family,
I am so saddened to read of Cathy's passing. As with the many patients of Internal Medicine, I feel a very special loss. Cathy always welcomed each of us all with her wonderful smile and easy conversation. She showed a genuine interest in every patient and was never too busy to make people feel welcome and comfortable. It was clear she loved her family and she kept many of us up on their activities. Her love of life and compassion for others will continue to inspire all those who knew her.
Please accept my heartfelt sympathies.
Lynda Snauffer

March 5, 2014

To Cathy's Family, I knew Cathy through being a patient at Internal Medicine. I always looked forward to seeing Cathy in the lab. She was always so cheerful and pleasant that I didn't mind the needle just to get to see her and visit with her for a few minutes. I am very sorry for your loss, but I can tell from looking at all of the pictures of Cathy with your family that you have many wonderful memories that will help you in your sorrow. Best wishes to all of you, Laurel Belden

Dominic and Minette Marcelli

March 5, 2014

The Aden Family,
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of your beautiful Cathy. We have known her for many years as patients of Internal Medicine and always looked forward to seeing her when we had our appointments. She always treated us as friends and would glow when she talked about her family. She had the most beautiful, sparkly blue eyes and a big smile. She was truly a friendly, compassionate, intelligent, and loving lady and she will be greatly missed. Our heartfelt sympathy to all of you at this difficult time.

John Aden

March 3, 2014

Barry & Family,
Our hearts share your sorrow, but knowing Cathy has filled our hearts with love and joy. She will be missed by us all.

Tracey Eldred Serrano

March 1, 2014

Barry and family, I can't begin to express my sadness when hearing of the loss of your dear Cathy. I have lots of memories of her from way back when. Love and hugs to all of you.

Marianne Kroeger

February 28, 2014

My dear, sweet Cathy...I have been blessed to have you as my big sister for the past 41 years and am fortunate to have so many wonderful memories. Though my heart is breaking, I can rejoice in knowing that you are in a far better place. You will be missed forever. Love Marianne xoxoxo