Cathi Keilty was born Catherine Anne Sailor on January 15, 1959 in Redwood City, California. Her family moved around a bit in her early years as her father was an executive with Boeing Computer Services. She had three siblings, Patti, Michael and David, all of whom she loved dearly. Cathi graduated from Garnet Valley High School in Philadelphia, PA where she was salutatorian in the senior class, graduating with a 4.2 GPA. Cathi went on to graduate with honors from California State University, Long beach with a degree in chemical engineering. Having sorted through job offers from 11 different companies, Cathi began her career with Chevron as a process engineer in their refinery in El Segundo, California.
In May, 1983 Cathi and Tom met on a night out celebrating her sister Patti’s graduation from the University of Utah. Tom was struck by Cathi’s natural beauty and endless smile. However, on this particular evening Cathi wanted nothing to do with Tom as she had a boyfriend back home in California. Fortunately for Tom, a few months later Cathi and her boyfriend broke up, and the rest, as they say, is history. Cathi and Tom married on August 3, 1985 in a beautiful cathedral in Salt Lake City, Utah. Together they produced three wonderful children, TJ, Caitlin and Casey. A fourth child, Sean Michael, died of heart complications four days after birth.
Cathi quit working in 1998 to focus on her real calling, full time mother. She was a phenomenal mother and a devoted wife. Cathi’s greatest quality was her positive attitude and outlook on life. She never had a bad word to say about anyone, and never, ever complained. She had an infectious smile that reflected her zest for living. Her greatest joy was her children. She never missed a sporting event in which they were participating and travelled to out of town soccer tournaments, Irish dance festivals for many years. Cathi loved to shop, especially with Caitlin. The two of them made trips to every mall or outlet center they could find and even spent a weekend at the Mall of America. Cathi loved the beach and Tom loved to ski, so they compromised with summer trips to the beach, and winter trips to the Rocky Mountains. Cathi enjoyed skiing, but was just as happy sitting next to a fire, reading a good book.
Cathi could pretty much do anything. She was an engineer, sports lover, event organizer, PTA board member, church volunteer, home decorator and friend. The title she cherished the most was “Mom’. She enjoyed sewing, knitting and decorating. Her home is a tapestry of her work as she sewed all the curtains, many of the bedspreads and wallpapered the walls. Cathi did not require much to be happy—she just loved being a mom. She loved spending time with friends, especially her friend Mary, her sister, Patti and her mother, Eleanor.
Cathi was a gift from God, and while she was only on this earth for 49 years, the world is a better place because Cathi Keilty was here!