March 5, 1949 - March 2, 2018
Catherine “Cathy” Mason Frutchey, 68 years old, passed away March 2, 2018 in Central Point, Oregon surrounded by family. After surviving breast and endometrial cancer in 1982 and 2000, respectively, her battle resumed in January 2017 with diagnoses of breast and pancreatic cancer. Her strong will to live, optimism, and support from family and friends helped her through many rounds of chemotherapy and a complicated surgery.
Cathy was born March 5, 1949 in Santa Monica, California to Julius “Mace” and Agnes “Polly” (Meriam) Mason, who lived in Bel Air, California. She was the second youngest of five daughters in a close-knit family. She enjoyed horseback riding and competitive swimming. The family moved to Huntington Beach, California. where they lived harbor-side and took frequent fishing trips to Catalina Island on the family boat.
Cathy attended Whittier College where she obtained her bachelor's and master's degrees in speech pathology.
She met her loving husband of 41 years, Thomas Frutchey, in 1976. They married June 27 at Bay Shore Community Church in Long Beach. Two years later, their daughter Robin was born and they moved to the Santa Cruz Mountains in California. Their second daughter, Katie, was born in 1982. Cathy worked as an elementary school speech and language specialist and volunteered as a Brownie/Girl Scout troop leader.
The family later moved to Indiana, Pennsylvania where Cathy was an active volunteer for the Salvation Army, Welcome Wagon, swim team boosters, and the YMCA board. The family then moved to The Woodlands, Texas before settling in Oregon in 2000. It was then that Cathy discovered a passion for playing the fiddle and joined the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association. She loved learning new fiddle tunes, but even more, she cherished the friendships she formed in the group. Her sisters also learned to fiddle and often played together. She and Tom frequently drove their motorhome to attend distant fiddle events and to visit family. Cathy loved to travel, whether via motorhome, plane, or cruise liner; she was always planning the next adventure.
Family was extremely important to Cathy, beginning with her husband, Tom. They had a special bond, shared many interests, and genuinely supported one another. When her daughters were born, Cathy set aside her career to spend time with them and support their interests. Her four grandchildren were cherished, and though her time with them was short, she instilled in them many family values and traditions. Her legacy will live on through them.
Known for her smile and friendliness, some may be surprised to learn that she viewed herself as shy. She was unexpectedly funny and laughed a lot. Her compassion and patience always amazed her family. Throughout her life she maintained a sweet and calm demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many. She was simply a wonderful person – someone who frequently put the needs of others ahead of her own, who always tried to do the right thing, and who made a real difference in the lives of people she met. She will be missed beyond measure.
Cathy was preceded in death by her parents, Julius “Mace” Mason and Agnes “Polly” (Meriam) Mason. She was also preceded in death by her husband’s parents, Mary (Sneddon) and Edgar Frutchey of Jacksonville, for whom she provided care for a number of years.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas Frutchey; daughters, Robin (Gregory Navaline) Frutchey and Katherine (Samuel) Wallis; four grandchildren, Lachlan Wallis (5), Oliver Wallis (3), Julia Navaline (5), and Holly Navaline (2); sisters, Judy (Ray Mitchell) Clement, Patricia “Pem” (John) Winquist, Bonnie (John) MacDonald, and Carol (Michael) Parks; and 15 nieces and nephews.
A private burial will be held Friday, March 9. A public celebration of life will be held March 10 from 4-7 p.m. at the family home. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.