Cathy Britton Beasley, 64, of Athens died December 21, 2017. She was born on April 18, 1953, in Lester to Brodia and Opal Fleming Britton.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Dalton Britton; her sister, Annette Bates; and her nephew, Jimmy Bates.
Cathy is survived by her husband, Craig Beasley; nephews, Johnny (Pam) Bates of West Limestone and Thomas (Lauren) Beasley of Maryland; nieces, Tammy (Randy) Moss of West Limestone and Paula (Jeromey) Hand of West Limestone; brothers-in-law Bearl (Elysse) Beasley of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and Brad Beasley of Nashville, Tennessee; and a host of friends she held as close as family.
Cathy graduated from Lauderdale County High School in 1971, delivering the salutatory address at her graduation ceremony. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Alabama in 1975, majoring in English. While a student at UNA, she was a member of Sigma Tau Delta, English honorary; Phi Kappa Phi, national honorary; and Alpha Sigma Lambda, women's service sorority.
After graduation from UNA, Cathy joined the staff of the Athens News Courier as Lifestyle Editor, where she won honorable mention at the 1976 annual Alabama Press Association convention for best women's page.
Cathy left the News Courier to travel in Europe with college friend Jeanne Wells Cook and on her return joined the staff of the Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, as Today's People editor.
Cathy and Craig met while they were both working at the Daily News Journal. They were married August 19, 1978, and returned to Alabama the next year. They were married for 39 years.
Cathy was a member of the Athens Garden Club and a member and officer of the Friends of Athens-Limestone County Public Library. She was a past member of Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful and was an active volunteer in the community. She grew up attending Cedar Grove Church of Christ.
Cathy gained great satisfaction and joy from planting and tending to herbs and flowers every growing season. She was a gentle, loving and giving person. Thoughtful and attentive to others, she was always mindful of their well-being.
Cathy had a deep love and care for animals. She adored cats and was devoted to Fiver, who was the family's pet cat for 22 years, and to Betty, an adventurous stray kitten who claimed her heart seven years ago.
There will be a memorial service for Cathy at 11 a.m. January 6, 2017, at Spry Funeral Home in Athens, Kenny Baskins and Bill Perkins officiating. Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Athens-Limestone County Public Library Foundation or to the River Welker Charitable Fund, which assists eligible applicants whose pets need medical attention. For more information, contact Town and Country Animal Hospital.
Cathy's family is exceedingly grateful for those who have reached out to comfort them. She was well-loved and is greatly missed.
Published on January 2, 2018