Catherine Bourland Inglis (Caye)

Catherine (Caye) Bourland Inglis

Catherine (Caye) Bourland Inglis, 88, died Monday, Aug. 17, 2009 after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. She leaves her husband of 67 years, Dave Inglis; her two daughters, Cathy Young and Loraine Inglis; son-in-law, Jim Young; grandchildren, Jim Young, IV and his wife, Heather Young, David Young, Randy and his wife, Kristy Young, Lori Young and Terry Spier. Caye had five great-grandchildren.

Caye lived much of her life in California. Dave was her high school sweetheart at Fremont High School in Los Angeles. While Dave served in the Army Air Corps, she attended Pepperdine College earning a B.A. in Education. During her career as a dedicated educator, Caye was an elementary school teacher and principal, middle school vice-principal and a curriculum specialist for several school districts including American Schools in Germany. She was an energetic, thoughtful, and loving educator always making decisions based on the needs of children.

Love of family and enthusiastic living were Caye's most outstanding characteristics. She lived with great vitality until the last few days of her life. She believed in taking good care of herself; studied nutrition, lived a healthy life and amazed the doctors and nurses with her youthfulness. Back when most women were properly demure and retiring in public forums, Caye was a vital member of her highly successful college debate team. She loved music, cooking, sewing, and gardening. As a young mother she became Mrs. La Habra, in the Mrs. America Contest, delighting her family with their job of "testing" her winning mint chocolate cake recipe. She became an avid and competitive tennis player during retirement first in Riverside, Calif., then Medford, Ore. and recently in Bellingham, Wash. She earned bronze, silver and gold medals in singles and doubles during five different World Senior Games and rehabilitated herself so that she could return to tennis after rotator cuff surgery at age 85. A few months before her death, she was still looking forward to playing in this year's games at age 88; perhaps she'll watch and cheer from a front row seat. Shortly after retiring, Dave and Caye moved to Oregon. They built a home, and gardened and cared for their 17 acre rural retreat in the Applegate Valley. After 20 years in Oregon, Dave and Caye moved to Lynden, Wash., to live near family. Caye spent her last days at home where she was able to say good-bye to the members of her immediate family, sharing her vitality and love of life with each of them.

There will be a memorial service in Medford on Saturday, August 29th, at 6 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living (

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