Monday, April 5, 2010

Goodby, Catherine Anthony

Another quilter has Left the Building.

I did not know Catherine Anthony, except by reputation -- she was a fellow AQS appraiser, and well-respected in the quilting world. I've worked with her daughter Libby on several occasions...and if Libby is anything like her mom, I've missed out on something wonderful. 

Here's Catherine's obituary, so you can learn more about her, too.

CATHERINE WARREN HENRY ANTHONY passed away on March 29, 2010 in Houston, TX. She was proud to be a fifth generation Texan and a resident of Houston all of her adult life. Born in Nixon, TX, she graduated as the Valedictorian of her class from Edna High School. Catherine earned a B.A. in 1946 from Rice University, majoring in biology and chemistry, where she met her husband of 61 years, James Phillip Anthony, Jr.

Catherine was a member of the Rice Historical Society, and she and Jim enjoyed numerous international trips with Rice University alumni groups.Catherine was an accomplished quilt artist, instructor, lecturer, and judge around the country and internationally. She was a certified member of the Professional Association of Appraisers of Quilted Textiles, and was the author of two books on quilt blocks, and another book featuring her special area of expertise, Amish Expressions: Patterns for Small Quilts. She also co-authored two books on quilting techniques with her daughter, Libby Lehman.

The "Quilt Patch", a retail quilt store, was co-founded and owned by Catherine for twelve years. Her distinct personal style was beautifully displayed in a series of quilts she made honoring accomplished women of Houston. She also used her skill in balanced design, color, and impeccable workmanship to create peaceful garden areas with plants, rocks and fountains as her "fabrics". She enjoyed friendship and loving support in a Quilt Group that has gathered monthly for over 30 years.

She was an expert on Native American Indian jewelry, sharing a specialty jewelry business called "Sacha Traders" with her daughter, Sarah Davis.Catherine and Jim were longtime members of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church and the Houston Racquet Club. Some of their favorite spots were the family vacation homes in Santa Fe, NM, Lake Livingston, and summer visits to Cow Creek Ranch in Pecos, NM.

Catherine was a super organized, loving and fair mother, raising her four daughters and many "fifth" daughters. (You know who you are!).Known as "Mrs. A.", Catherine served as a Girl Scout leader for Troop 307 from Brownies at Hunters Creek Elementary to Senior Scouts at Memorial High School. She led many campouts at Camp Arnold, Robinwood, and Peach Creek, sailing adventures at Casa Mare, trips to Estes Park, and canoeing trips on the Guadalupe River. Catherine was also instrumental in helping start the "Six Flags over Texas" Trail Ride, a week long ride from Victoria to San Antonio.

Catherine is preceded in death by her husband James P. Anthony, Jr., parents B.G. and Anna Beth Henry, sister, Ellen Drushel, and her grand-daughter Catherine Lehman. She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law Libby and Lester Lehman, Cathy and Bill Arnold, Ellen and Bill Askey, and Sarah Davis. She is also survived by grandchildren Susan and Ron Gutierrez, Lester Lehman, Jr., Phillip and Debbie Askey, Chelsa Davis, Justin Davis, Elizabeth and Richard Dennis, and great grandchildren Abbigail, Bailey, Carlee, and Cameron Gutierrez, Morgan and Harrison Askey, and Cate Dennis. Catherine will be also missed by her nieces and their husbands, Jim and Carol Arter and Dr. Jim and Margie McClamroch, and her caregiver and friend Marlena Limon. Donations can be made to My Friends Foundation, a charity for children in crisis, P. O. Box 25294, Houston, TX 77265.

Published in Houston Chronicle from March 30 to March 31, 2010 
 You will be missed, Catherine.

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