Catherine Elizabeth Terrell
April 20, 1917 – September 7, 2019
Catherine E. Hoffmann Royer Terrell, age 102, passed away peacefully this past Saturday, September 7, 2019 in Sun City, Arizona surrounded by her family.
Catherine was born on April 20, 1917 in Granville, IA. The daughter of Eugene and Elizabeth (Boever) Hoffmann, she grew up and attended school at St. Mary’s in Sleep Eye, Minnesota. She married Leonard Royer and moved to his home town of Newton, Kansas, when she worked as a Rosie The Riveter at the Boeing plant in Wichita, on the B29-bomber. Cathy was a very proud Rosie and was a long time member of the Sun City Rosies Club. Cathy and Leonard moved back to Sleepy Eye where they owned a farm and ultimately adopted two little girls: Jean and Jan. They moved to Arizona in 1960 for Leonard’s health. They bought a Gas Station and Cathy ran the office. Leonard passed away in 1964 and Cathy worked at Gruber’s Factory in Glendale to support her family. She was an active member in the Phoedalians Woman’s Club and the Sodality Club of Our Lady of Perpetual Help church and a Girl Scout Leader for her daughter’s Troupe.
In 1970 Cathy married Jack Terrell who owned T&T Sheet Metal. Cathy took a position at Wm C Jack school cafeteria so she could keep a close eye on Jack’s youngest son, Jack Jr. Cathy’s community involvement expanded to include membership in the Glendale Golden Girls club and supporting the Glendale Historical Society where she also became a lifetime member of the Saguaro Ranch [Historic Preservation]. Jack and Cathy moved to Sun City in 1994 where Cathy joined the Catholic Daughter’s group and the Prayer Chains for St Elizabeth and St Clement’s Churches. She also enjoyed the many activities at Sun City including Shuffle Board, Swimming, Card Games and Bingo along with trips on the bus to the casinos for the food buffets and little gambling (wink wink).
Cathy is survived by her sister Betty (Hoffmann) Hinricher, sons Kenny and Jack (Shelley) Terrell and her daughters Pat (Terrell) Stokes, Kay (Terrell) Dixon, Jean (Royer) Johnson, Jan (Royer) Davis and Vel (Terrell) Maxson; nine grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren.
Cathy is preceded in death by her parents, her husbands Jack Terrell and Leonard Royer, her daughter Jackie Jean (Terrell) Mullins, and nine of ten siblings.
Catherine, Katie, Kate, Cathy and Rosie—as she was often known, loved unconditionally and had a great sense of humor. She made friends wherever she went and with whomever she met. She loved people, animals, flowers and homemaking—as evidenced by her extended family. She will be so very much missed by her family members who will hold their memories of her very close to their hearts.
- Betty (Hoffman) Hinricher, Sister
- Kenny Terrell, Son
- Jack (Shelley) Terrell, Son
- Pat (Terrell) Stokes, Daughter
- Kay (Terrell) Dixon, Daughter
- Jean (Royer) Johnson, Daughter
- Jan (Royer) Davis, Daughter
- Vel (Terrell) Maxson, Daughter
- Cathy is also survived by her nine grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren.
- Visitation Wednesday, September 11, 2019
- Funeral Mass Thursday, September 12, 2019
- Committal Service Thursday, September 12, 2019
Catherine Elizabeth Terrell
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Jo Ann Grace
September 16, 2019
I remember how welcoming Cathy and her family always were to our crazy group of Jan and Jean’s friends. Beginning in grade school in the mid 60s and throughout high school. Graduation night was most memorable because of the party Cathy had for Jan, and later we all got to crash there. In recent years my mom enjoyed meeting up with Cathy for lunch dates or birthday celebrations. I am glad you are resting in peace now, Cathy. You have been such an inspiration on how to live life to the fullest. You will be missed but never forgotten and always loved.
September 15, 2019
I'm so sorry to see you go, but I'm so glad that your prayers were finally answered. I know you were in pain and completely bored with being stuck in bed, when you really wanted to be up and about visiting with this one and that one. I'm so glad that your prayers were finally answered. I know I'm going to miss you terribly, the phone calls on my way to work and my quarterly visits--but I know I can talk to you anytime I want. You were always there for me and I have no reason to doubt that you are there now. I know Julie, Jackie and Maile were there to greet you at the Pearly Gates, and I hope you are enjoying your new digs. I'll bet you like having your mobility back the most--right? Enjoy yourself mom. And know that I love you and I'll be talking to you often, so be on the lookout for my calls, ok? With All My Love and Aloha, Your loving daughter Jan Marie (PS I love this photo of you when we went to lunch and you forgot your glasses so I said no worries--we'll ask to sit in the back away from the paparazzi!! We used to have so much fun...and reviewing the photos I didn't realize how much we went out to eat! It's a wonder we weren't bigger! Right?)
September 11, 2019
Sorry to hear of Catherine's passing. She certainly led an interesting and fulfilling life. We all certainly can be proud of her and her family. She and the rest of her family are in our thoughts and prayers. Gary and Marie Hoffmann