Catherine grew up in Winnipeg. Her father died when she was 11. In 1946, her mother remarried and moved the family to a farm in Greendale, B.C. Catherine and Jacob lived in Yarrow, B.C.; Kamloops, Alta.; Burnaby, B.C.; and Vancouver. Catherine enjoyed singing in the church choir. An exceptional cook, she provided a nourishing, active home for her family. She loved working in the china department at Hudson’s Bay. Though Catherine battled lung infections her entire adult life, she loved walking, and even ran the 10 km Sun Run twice in her 60s. Catherine and Jacob travelled extensively, but she was happiest strolling the Stanley Park Seawall and Spanish Banks, or hiking B.C.’s mountains. Catherine spent her final years at the Louis Brier Home and Hospital and died peacefully with her children at her side.