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Tubman Funeral Home/Valley Crematorium

210 Claude Street, Wolseley, SK

OBITUARY

Catherine (Cathie) Cox

August 17, 1920September 12, 2020

Catherine Harrison Cox (Purdie)

Cathie was born in Glasgow Scotland on August 17, 1920 to Donald and Anne Purdie the oldest of nine children and passed away peacefully on September 12, 2020.

She was predeceased by her parents Donald and Annie, parents-in-law William and Sarah, husband John, stillborn son Donald William, siblings Mary, Grace, Donald, and Nan, brothers-in-law Ron, John, Charlie (Edna), sisters-in-law Mary Purdie, Sarah (Archie), Mary (Ted) Tuck and great-great grandson Damon.

Survived by son Charles Stephen (Maggie), sisters and brothers Winnie, James, Jack (Susan) and Margaret (Jim), step-grandchildren Wendy (Jamie), Curtis, Kelly (Cindy) and Barry Crowley, eight great-grandchildren, ten great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

This is only the beginning of this wonderful little lady that we are all so happy to be part of. Her involvements over the years are many. She held numerous positions in the United Church and as an executive member of presbytery as well as others that are too many to list at this time.

Cathie went to work at age 14 at McFarlane Langs biscuit factory. From there she went to the Cardowan Creameries in Scotland until 1941. At this time she joined the Women’s Timber Corps (known as lumberjills) section of the Women’s Land Army. This involved felling trees, removing branches and getting them ready to load the trucks. It was laborious work and the terrain was not “user friendly.” After the war was over she returned to work at the Cardowan Creameries. In 1948 she grew restless and decided to immigrate to Canada. She began a brief stint as a Nurse’s Aide at the Ontario Psychiatric Hospital, but decided to come to Sask. to visit relatives. While here she began work as a Nurse’s Aide at Grenfell Union Hospital, then moved on to Balcarres Union Hospital. While in Grenfell, she met John Cox. They were married on December 21, 1949. She worked as a helper in Grenfell Grill until first baby Donald William (stillborn) was born. She returned to work at Grenfell Union Hospital. She finally gave birth to a second son Charles Stephen on July 11, 1953. She began to do housework to help with expenses. In April 1963 she began part-time work as manager of Grenfell Credit Union. She left this position when the credit union went to full time hours.

She was asked if she would take on the cashier’s role at the Windsor Theatre, which of course she did. The following week, she was approached by Rev. Ron Sutton to work as part-time secretary at the United Church, and she did this for four years. She was also asked if she would fill in as Nurse’s Aide at the Pioneer Home. It was at this time that John had a heart attack passing away in 1977. She became involved with the Sask. Assoc. Of Human Rights (SAHR) and The Sask. Health Coalition, P.L.U.R.A and The Canadian Rights and Liberties Federation. She spent the last four or five decades of her life trying to make sure there was fairness for the “underdog” and she never gave up. In 1994 Cathie received an award from S.A.H.R. for her long standing as a human rights activist. One quote from this presentation says it all; “She has held many notable positions in various organizations, not the least of which was a position on our national board of directors for several years. She is well known and admired by many people at the national level from coast to coast”. She was an active member of The Intercultural Grandmothers until her passing.

In 2017 she moved in to Marian Chateau in Regina and thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie of the resident and staff playing cribbage, bingo, tile rummy and any other activities available. We are so happy that she made her 100th birthday. Truly a life well spent.

A private family service will be held in the Grenfell United Church, Grenfell, SK on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Hyun Heo officiating. Private family interment in the Grenfell Cemetery.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Richard Thody, Active Pallbearer
  • Cameron Brierley, Active Pallbearer
  • Kelly Crowley, Active Pallbearer
  • Barry Crowley, Active Pallbearer
  • Angie Crowley, Active Pallbearer
  • Randy Robert, Active Pallbearer

Services

  • Private Family Service

    Friday, September 18, 2020

  • Private Family Interment

    Friday, September 18, 2020

Memories

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Linda Madson

September 20, 2020

I knew Cathy from a very young age and I corresponded with her at Christmas for many years and sometimes managed a phone call. She was a dear friend of my parents Robert and Edna Swindell and after we left Grenfell and moved to Windermere,BC, she would come to visit us there, often travelling by Greyhound Bus. I did get to visit her in Grenfell prior to her move to Regina.
I admired Cathy very much. She had such enthusiasm for life and was so involved in community, church and political activities. I loved hearing all of her travel stories. Her positive outlook on life was contagious.
She will be remembered and missed by many.
My condolences to her family.
Linda Madson.

joan velestuk

September 17, 2020

It is with much sadness we hear of the passing of Cathie Cox. She and her family were once residents of the east upstairs suite of the Adare house here in Grenfell. We are so grateful for Cathies' help and stories about the house over the years. A wonderful lady, her memories will live on at Adare , now called the Grenfell Museum .
Our deepest condolences to Stephen and his family.
Joan Velestuk for the Grenfell Museum



Richard Wolfe

September 17, 2020

I lived most of my young life just a few houses to the north of the Cox house, Steven and I became childhood friends. I remember Cathy as always friendly. I think see was the first person I knew to have a Scottish accent, my young mind was really surprised by it. I lovely woman. My condolences to the family

Daniel Mckay

September 16, 2020

My dad (Dan McKay) met Cathie at the Marian Chateau.
They connected immediately as they were both from Glasgow,Scotland.
Cathie was a delight..an avid crib player and a good new friend..which are few as we get to this age.
My dad will dearly miss this delightful lady.
She was full of energy and spirit til the end.
She will dearly be missed in his life.

Georgina Cyr

September 16, 2020

Condolences to Catherine's family from all the ladies at Intercultural Grandmothers Uniting. We will greatly miss Catherine, she was a beautiful, interesting lady with a gentle way and a kind word for everyone, she always added a bright spot at our gatherings. We will miss her very much.

Margaret Moir

September 16, 2020

So sorry for your loss Stephen and Maggie.
My Mum used to look forward to Cathie's visits back to Scotland. I have happy memories of them both sitting until all hours chatting about the past.
The lovely photograph you have chosen reflects the warm and happy person she was.

Marilyn Flook

September 16, 2020

Aunt Cathie was the most adventurous, industrious, and courageous woman I ever met. She was my Mother's Aunt {Vivian Tuck-Matton}, but only one year older than my mother. When we visited from Ontario, we would be ever impressed with the stories Cathie would tell about the Cox family, and the incredible things she was always busy doing. Cathie never failed to amaze me with the many challenges she took on, and the traveling she did well into her later years, the many organizations she was part of, and the way she approached life with boundless enthusiasm and unfailing optimism. Cathie hand wrote me long, newsy letters every Christmas, filled with reports
about her many activities and trips. She made the most of every minute of her life, and was a wonderful example of a life well lived. I will miss her very much.

Heather MacDonald

September 16, 2020

I'm very saddened to see news of the passing of Mrs. Cox. My condolences to Steven and his family. I have always very much admired Cathy and would like to have known her better. She achieved and contributed so much in her 100 years. She was always so caring and had time for everyone. A true light has gone out in our world.

Roy Graves

September 16, 2020

My condolences to Stephen. I’m so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She was a wonderful and accomplished lady. I can remember spending many fun times at your home starting when you and I were about 5 years old. Your mother was always so welcoming. The last time I saw her was about 10 years ago and we had a great chat. My thoughts are with you.

Lois (Harries) Warner

September 15, 2020

Deepest Sympathy Stephen & Maggie & all the family on the passing of Cathy, I have fond memories of her with the Grenfell Legion Ladies Auxiliary and later the Grenfell Legion. She was a dear friend to my Auntie Mavis and I use to enjoy visiting with them and hearing the many adventures of her life. Take care & cherish the memories.

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