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23 September 2012

In Memory of Catherine Elizabeth Mardis Groffy (1949-2012)


Services were held Saturday for Catherine Elizabeth Mardis Groffy of Duncanville, Texas at the Mesquite Community of Christ Church, Mesquite, Texas.  Cathie was born in Des Moines, Iowa the 21st of November 1949 to Harry Edward Mardis (1922-2000) and Mary Isabel O'Connell (1928-2006).  She graduated from North High School in Des Moines in 1968 and went on to attend Central Missouri State University.

Cathie had struggled with health issues for many years, and this past month, her energy and will surrended as she entered hospice at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, Texas where her sister Evelyn, sister-in-law Beverly and her former husband, Roger Groffy stayed by her side.  The end to her suffering came on the 19th of September, 2012.

Brother Howard Edward Mardis (1952-2005) and great nephew Justin Andrew Mardis (2004-2004) as well as her parents, predeceased her.  Surviving are brother David Mardis of Hannibal, Missouri, sister Evelyn Mardis and sister-in-law Beverly Mardis of Mesquite, Texas, and former husband Roger Groffy of Garland, Texas.  In addition, Cathie's niece and 4 nephews, numerous great nieces and nephews, cousins and 'sisters of the soul' Beverly Proudfit Lilly and Cheri Proudfit LaFavor are left to mourn her passing.

Her beautiful smile and wicked sense of humor will never be forgotten.  She had the voice of an angel, which illness had silenced.  Now she is singing in the heavenly choir.  

Cathie's wish was to be cremated.  It is her family's hope to scatter her ashes in Nevada where she spent the happiest days of her life.

Rest in peace, Cathie.

The family asks that donations be made to one of the following charities in Cathie's memory:

American Heart Association
American Lung Association 
or
The Alzheimer's Association