Mary Cathey

Mary P Cathey (Cathey)

Saturday, October 29th, 1949 - Saturday, February 22nd, 2020
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Mary Patricia Cathey passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the age of 70. She was a native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Franklin, NC. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, William Albert and Patricia Drace Cathey, her closest friend, Susan Ehle, and her beloved dog, Shuggah.

She was the loving sister of Daniel Cathey (Kimberly) and William Cathey (Sandra), aunt of Bronwen Cathey, Alexandra Murray (Gregory), and Benjamin Cathey, and great aunt of Rowen, Izaak, and Seumas Murray. She is also survived by many friends, who loved her like family.

After a successful teaching career in Iowa, Mary was a dorm mother at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee Boarding School in Rabun County, GA. In the early 1980s, Mary began her golfing career and became a member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division. Along the way, she opened a driving range, developed and managed the Parker Meadows 9-hole executive golf course, became a talented club-fitter in NC and FL, and worked as a golf instructor at numerous courses in NC, FL, and LA.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, May 23, 11 am at Woodlawn Cemetery.

If desired, donations may be made in Mary’s honor to the American Cancer Society, American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 (

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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    Woodlawn Cemetery
    1242 Old Murphy Road
    FRANKLIN, NC 28734
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Jane Cranston

Posted at 05:41pm
Mary was a friend for many years when she taught in Pleasant Valley. We each had apartments in the same farm house. We taught together, played tennis, and she tried to teach me how to golf. We even took a great camping trip out west with friends.
Mary was always thoughtful and generous. Our lives went different ways but I remember our times together with great fondness.

Polly Taylor & Joe Kint

Posted at 10:32pm
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Todd Kernicki

Posted at 01:08pm
Mary was a wonderful friend and boss working for her at Parker Meadows golf course. Learned so much from her on teaching and coaching the game she loved ! We all will miss her! love and prayers Todd Kernicki

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