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Catherine "Cathy" Adele Harkey

January 7, 1949November 29, 2019

Catherine “Cathy” Adele Harkey passed away on November 29, 2019. She was born in Charlotte, NC on January 7, 1949, to the late Harold and Rosemary Harkey. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Greensboro, with Monsignor Marcaccio officiating. Cathy attended St. Anns Catholic School, Myers Park High School and received her undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and masters from The University of Virginia. Always with a smile on her face, Catherine devoted her life to helping and teaching others. She especially loved helping children through her greatest accomplishment in life, her tutoring business. Catherine founded her company, Educational Consultants Inc., over 35 years ago and was still working with her clients up until the week she died. It brought her such joy. Catherine was also integral in founding a learning disabilities school in Durham, was a board member for many educational institutions and was an active member of St Pius X Catholic Church in Greensboro. Many knew her for her notable laugh and positive encouraging manner. She always had a kind, positive word to say about everyone. She loved life, God, her family, the beach, fishing, and Tar Heels Basketball. She will be sorely missed. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister, Janet Harkey Penfield. She is survived by her brother, Harold Harkey, Jr. (Deborah); nephew, Chuck Penfield (Jennifer); nieces; Wendy Penfield, Heather Harkey Barnett (Jeff), Jennifer Penfield Blamy (Dave); and seven great-nieces and great-nephews. Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfhnorthelm.com.


  • A Mass of Christian Burial at St. Pius X Catholic Church Tuesday, December 3, 2019


Catherine "Cathy" Adele Harkey

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john cudlipp

December 5, 2019

Cathy and I were classmates at St. Anns in Charlotte, grades 2 through 8. She was always smiling and pleasant to be around. my condolences to her family and friends.

Sue Britt

December 5, 2019

Cathy was one of a kind. I can hear her laughter as I type this. I feel we were really just beginning to know Cathy, our loss to have not known her longer. My prayers are with her family during this difficulty journey.

Linda Vogler

December 3, 2019

What sad news to receive this weekend! The backdrop of my childhood is growing up with my cousins in our Irish Catholic klan.
Cathy's passing at this time of year is especially sad as I remember all the Thanksgiving celebrations at our grandmother's house.
As we all grew older and our lives took us all over the country, Cathy stayed in touch with all of us. Even if I didn't speak to her but once or twice a year, I knew she was there. The world is a little less funny, kind and crazy without Cathy in it. All any of us can hope for is to leave this world a little better place when we are gone. Cathy more than accomplished that. My love to Harold and Cathy's nephew and nieces and her grands.

Cathy Eck

December 3, 2019

Though many years have separated "Cathys" - I always remember "Cathy H." as the most cheerful, smiling and enthusiastic girl of all. We were at St. Ann's together, and at Myers Park, and in a small but active Girl Scout Troop. Cathy was so positive and upbeat and get-to-it: quite a challenge back then for insecure teenagers. Her smile was, truly, special.
It was good to read that her life was full, one of sharing and teaching, and of love of family. I am blessed to have shared a small, distant part of her life.

Mary Baxley

December 2, 2019

A wonderful ,talented tutor who was a delight to see and care for.
Mary John Baxley, M.D.

Annette Mundy

December 2, 2019

Cathy made a huge difference in our family and we have been forever grateful. She kept a difficult child learning and hung in there when situations occurred. We lost touch with her after 2006 so her death is a surprise. But it made us smile that she was teaching right up to the end. Godspeed, Cathy you are already missed

Mary Howren Howerton

December 2, 2019

Cathy and I grew up together in Charlotte where we attended St Ann's grade school and later, Myers Park High School. Cathy was a generous and kind woman who always wore a pleasant countenance and had a thoughtful thing to say. While I only reconnected with her several times during our adult years, we picked up where we left off and enjoyed each other's company and the memories created when we were young girls. My most poignant memory of Cathy was when we were both eighth grade cheerleaders at a game at Charlotte Catholic High field. Engine running, Cathy ran to her mom waiting in the car to ask her if I could ride home with them. Before she reached the car, she tripped, fell into a culvert and badly cut her knee (it needed stitches). She did not deter-she continued on her quest to help her friend and with a deep gash in her knee bleeding profusely now, convinced her mother to take me to my home which was on the way to hers . Later I found out that after taking me home, she and her mother turned towards Mercy Hospital to get her knee stitched. That was Cathy: Kind and generous. Unselfish and undeterred.

cherpoo cosper

December 2, 2019

What a bubbling cute mess of fun. I met her as a Red Cross volunteer the summer before Myers Park High School in Charlotte. A natural and real cheer-leader, Cathy got me involved with Ambassadors club in school. We had many spend the nights with talks of boys. The serious side made her a leader in activities. She and her dad could be seen at a lot of games when she was not cheering. I know the angels are joyful because she was a joy and will be remembered in that way. Love Cherryl Glisson now Cosper