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Catherine “Cathy” (Lewis) Douglas earned her wings and flew home to heaven after a 40-day hospital battle with Covid-19 on January 13th, 2021. She fought extremely hard, but the subsequent damage from Covid would not allow her body to recover. Catherine was a beautiful woman and saved soul with a heart as big as the sun.
Cathy was preceded in death by her father Phil Steven Lewis, sister Dawna Sue Lewis and husband Asa Bartlett Douglas. She leaves behind her loving family: mother, Judith Lucille (Lewis) Enyart. Her daughter, Deidre Love Sullens, son-in-law Christopher M. Sullens, and their child, Adrian Gray Sullens of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Her son, Daniel Graham, his wife Katherine, and their children Mary & Felicity of Camarillo, California. And his children, London Graham & Geneva Graham of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Nephew, Kenneth Keller, his wife Tiffany, and their children Joslyn & Kyden of Yukon, Oklahoma.
She was born June 21st, 1955 in Virginia Beach, Virginia and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Growing up, she was a devout member of NW Baptist Church where she found joy in many youth activities and choir. Her first job was scooping ice cream at the very first Braum’s (Ice Cream and Dairy) location. She worked in a high-level position at Dillard’s her entire senior year at Northwest Classen and graduated in 1973. (Dillard’s thought she was a senior in college and changed her title shortly after this realization.) She did well in college but opted to focus on the one thing she really wanted to be in life, a mother. She had 2 children with her first marriage, Daniel and Deidre, who she loved more than anything. That is, till she got grand babies! She worked as an Attendance Secretary at Hefner Middle School in the 80’s, before becoming a stay-at-home mom. During which time, she served on many committees as a PTA super star at her children’s elementary school; helping with the annual talent show and working one-on-one with remedial learners. In the 90’s she returned to the workforce as a sales rep for High Tech-Tronics where she did very well. This is no surprise because she never met a stranger, truly. She made friends everywhere she went. Many call it the “gift of gab”, but it was more than that. Cathy was great at really connecting with people. She met her husband, Asa, at a Christmas Party thrown at Esperanza Farms in 1994; a chance meeting they would both note later as magical and an encounter of fate. They created a life together shortly after. She assisted him with their screen-printing business (Eleven 11, Ltd.), before becoming a customer care rep with AT&T Wireless, from where she eventually retired. After 13+ years together, she and Asa officially declared their union in the eyes of God at the Messiah Lutheran Church on November 11th, 2008. (Catherine and Asa just celebrated their anniversary in November; a dedicated 25+ year relationship with 12 years of marriage.)
Catherine was a talented pianist and natural storyteller. She worried about & for everyone, prayed often and loved deeply. She was an open book. 15 minutes into talking and she’d know your life story, or you would know hers. She wore her heart on her sleeve and was a sucker for Hallmark movies or anything that might make you cry. Her favorite movie was “What Dreams May Come”, which had a special hue of blue throughout that she adored. She had a penchant for sentimentality and nostalgia. She enjoyed watching “Criminal Minds” and often wrote down and recounted the quotes that display at the end of each episode. She had a glow and contagious laugh. (She would often giggle when she tried to be serious- not able to keep a straight face for long). Catherine’s love, kindness and genuine nature will live on through the legacy of her children and grandchildren.
Cathy adored animals from a young age. Although allergic to cats, she often still befriended the neighborhood cats as a child. Her mother recalls her having a fit at age 5 when she wasn’t allowed to bring a goat home from the petting zoo. She and her husband, Asa, had a passion for helping lost animals; saving them from the street or pound and helping to find their way home or relocate them to new forever homes. It was a joke that lost dogs shared her address with their buddies, since they would often show up on her porch or yard. She loved all her dogs so much, and all dogs were smitten with her. Her 2 Bichon pups, Wallace and Connor, will live out the remainder of their days in her daughter’s care.
The family will have a funeral this summer at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where her and her husband will be placed in their shared plot together. (She would NOT want anyone to take the risk of traveling or gathering on her account during this level of the pandemic.) Planning is still in progress, but the family will announce more info once available.
Memorial donations can be made in Catherine’s memory to the Free to Live Animal Sanctuary at www.freetoliveok.org/givetoday – they are the largest no-kill animal shelter in Oklahoma. Cathy loved animals & saved many, many dogs over the years. She held this shelter in the highest regard and believed in their mission.