Cathey Gayle Caruthers Clark

Cathey Gayle Caruthers Clark, age 45, passed away peacefully after a long battle with Ogliodendroglioma (she called it “OgreDragon”) and Glioblastoma Mulitiforme, both brain cancers, on Friday, August 3, 2018, at The Villa on Blue Ridge, in Columbia. Cathey was born June 11, 1973, in Columbia, Mo., to Earl F. Caruthers and Mariea Hall Caruthers. She was a 1991 graduate of Hickman High School where she was active in 4-H, girl’s basketball coach’s assistant, and visited Russia for her senior trip. She graduated Stephens College in 1995, where she double majored in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education, and spent a semester abroad studying in Sydney, Australia.

Cathey married Orville F. Clark, Jr. from Houston, Texas on May 30, 1998. She worked as a nanny, and then as a call center operator at MidwayUSA, where she received multiple honors for her quality customer service. Cathey was dedicated to her many pets and supported Columbia Second Chance by organizing their holiday pet picture fund raisers for 18 years. She was a member of the Columbia Weavers and Spinners Guild and demonstrated spinning techniques to children annually at the fall Boone County Heritage Festival for 15 years.

She is survived by her husband, Orville; her parents, Earl and Mariea; her brother, Ben and his wife Jodi; two brothers-in-law; several aunts and uncles; nephews and nieces: Tanner Caruthers, Reece Caruthers, Elizabeth Peterson, Jason Cox, Michelle Cox, Brandon Cox, and Lisa Fellwock; and numerous cousins and great-nephews and great-nieces.

Family, friends, and others whose lives were touched by Cathey are invited to Midway Locust Grove United Methodist Church, 2600 N Locust Grove Church Rd., in Columbia, Mo., with visitation at 10:00am and services at 11:30am, on Saturday, August 11, 2018, to reminisce, grieve, support each other and, of course, just chat.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Head for the Cure (, Columbia Second Chance (, and 4-H (


  1. Bonnie Ahrens on August 9, 2018 at 9:14 am

    So beautiful inside and out – she was a special lady and sadly missed. May all of the happy memories bring you consolation even though your heart is breaking. She will always be with you in spirit. God bless.

  2. Larry & Judy Atterberry on August 9, 2018 at 9:16 am

    We are very sorry for your loss ! Cathey was a beautiful girl! She is resting peacefully now!

  3. Kathy and Gaqry Hughes on August 9, 2018 at 9:58 am

    Cathey displayed such grace under fire. She was inspirational to the end. No one ever fought harder for life, or understood what a gift it is. Love and hugs to each of you.

  4. Lorraine Denson on August 9, 2018 at 10:29 am

    “With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: ‘Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and He will reside with
    them, and they will be His people. And God Himself will reside with them. And He will wipe out every tear from
    their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things
    have passed away.”
    Revelation 21:3,4

    “And no resident will say: ‘I am sick.’ ”
    Isaiah 33:24

  5. Gloria McCubbin on August 9, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Sounds like Cathey was a beautiful person inside & out. Wish I had known her. Prayers to the family.

  6. Leigh and Trish Moreau on August 9, 2018 at 10:57 am

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. Sharon Jacobs Adams on August 9, 2018 at 11:21 am

    My thoughts are with you now as you celebrate a life lived to the fullest but taken from her earthly home much too soon. She has received her angel wings a d her spirit is now free and she once again like estate a full and healthy life in paradise. My the comfort of family and friends bring you comfort and soothe your soul.

  8. Sandra House on August 9, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss Earl, Mariea, Ben & family. My prayers for God’s comfort as you go through your grief.

  9. Sue cook on August 9, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    So sorry for your loss. No parent should ever have to go through this. Prayers for you and the family.

  10. Bex Oliger on August 9, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    Such a good friend for so many years. She will be sorely missed by many.

  11. Rev. Marvin Moore on August 9, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    So sorry to learn of the death of Cathey. May the Lord of all who promised His Holy Spirit to be our Comforter be with you and all the family. Trusting Christ to be with you in these days. Our love to you all,

  12. Cindy Segafredo on August 9, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Cathey’s passing. She was such a sweet person. My love and prayers to her family.

  13. Kat Walters on August 9, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    One of my first friends in Columbia and a wonderful fiber artist…she will be greatly missed.

  14. Charlene Wymore on August 9, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    We are so very sorry for your loss. She sounds like an amazing person who had many friends. Are prayers are with you and your family.

  15. Jennifer Creason on August 9, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    Sending you love and light.

  16. Lou Pegues on August 10, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Cathy was very, very special. Was honored to have her
    in my youth group many years ago. Cathey was blessed
    to have such wonderful parents.

  17. Candy Hobbs Stanley and Mary Hobbs on August 10, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    Thinking of you all. Sorry that Cathey’s time here was so short. Many prayers sent your way.

  18. Bunny, 1991-1992 3rd floor Searcyite on August 11, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Thinking of Cathey and how she was front and center in my fondest memories of college. I will miss her sense of humor, her intelligence, her smile and her infectious love and compassion for animals. My sincere condolences to all the friends and family are a feeling such loss and grief at this time.

  19. Kathie Hartley on August 12, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    So sorry I was unable to attend the memorial service for Cathey. My God give you and the family the peace and comfort to get pass your loss.

  20. Mary Dewey-Martz on August 13, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers and thoughts. I am going to miss Cathy we did a lot together in 4-H and seeing her during the Heritage Festival and Craft Show at Nifong Park weaving.

  21. Stefanie (Sasse) Crupe on June 1, 2020 at 10:42 am

    I remember Cathy from our days at Midway Elementary School together, she was always so sweet. I wish I had known her as an adult, she sounds like she turned into an incredible woman. My sincere condolences to her family and friends.

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