She graduated from Grand County High School and attended Utah State University in the field of personal and industrial management. Cathy also served in the England Bristol Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Shortly after returning home from her mission she became Mrs. Thompson when she was married in the Provo Temple to William (Bill) Thompson.
Family was always Cathy’s first priority. Throughout her life, Cathy spent a lot of time at the hospital for various ailments. One time a hospital employee was demeaning the role of mothers and Cathy replied proudly, “I am a mother.”
She has had 15 foster children, and been a peer parent for DCFS. Cathy was enthusiastically supportive of anything her kids wanted to do, from learning horseback riding, livestock raising, singing, math competitions, to learning languages. She even did a few seasons of baseball and soccer coaching just for her kids.
Cathy was an avid supporter of the national 4-H organization, serving 20 years as an adult leader. She also served in the BSA organization, as a Cub Scout leader, New Scout Leader (11 year olds) and advancement chairman. One of the highlights of her scouting career was being awarded the extra-miler award with her husband, Bill.
Aside from being a mother she also enjoyed going into a vending business with her mother. It was called BC Vending. BC was short for Barbara and Cathy. They enjoyed placing and filling machines in the Moab area. She also was a dealer for Wholesale Foods and worked for the Census Bureau in 1980 and 2010.
Another activity Cathy also enjoyed was to travel. Each year she was able to enjoy vacations with her family. She has traveled to 45 states and 10 countries.
Cathy had a burning love for Heavenly Father and an understanding of the Plan of Salvation. She served twice as a Primary President and had many ward and stake missions with her husband, Bill.
She is preceded in death by her sisters, Shana and Pamela; and her parents, Milton and Barbara Walston.
Cathy is survived by her husband, Bill Thompson, Fillmore, Utah; children, Mariah Kate (James) Gull, Burley, Idaho, Priscilla Lyn Thompson, Orem, Utah, Jacob Henry Thompson, Mexico Monterrey West Mission, Ammon Lee Thompson, Fillmore, Utah, and Nathan Joseph Thompson, Fillmore, Utah; siblings, Stephen Lee (Kathleen) Walston, Riverton, Utah, Milton Bryon (Nita) Walston, Moab, Utah, Jeff Clark (Tamara) Walston, Riverton, Utah, and Laralee (Uriah) Pollick, Enid, Oklahoma.
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 7, 2017 at 1 p.m. in the Fillmore LDS Stake Center, 23 South 300 West, with a viewing from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. prior to services at the church. Interment will be in the Sunset Memorial Gardens in Moab on Saturday, April 8 at noon.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at: rasmussenmortuary.com.