sorry to inform the Class of '69 and the Lee community
that Cathy White died
Wednesday, July 7, 2021 following a battle with cancer.
Cathy J. White was born August 29,
1951 to Carmen and Norma Nohre in Spring Grove,
Minnesota. The eldest of three children, she valued
loving devotion and service to family from a young age.
She spent formative years living in Brussels during her
father’s post with the USDA Foreign Service, which gave
her first-hand access to history and culture.
She and her family eventually settled
in Virginia, where she lived for most of her adult life.
She married Ralph E. White, Jr., raised two children,
and “adopted” many of their friends as a surrogate
mother, assuming the nickname Momma White.
Cathy spent much of her career working
in information analysis at Boeing and SAIC, where she
made many lifelong friends.
Cathy dedicated her life to serving
and caring for her children, her family, her church
community, and her grandchildren. She was happiest when
spending time with her loved ones; celebrating their
successes, commiserating their losses, and quality time
spent over holidays, meals, game shows, golf, and
vacations at the beach.
She instilled in her children a love
of music (from Bluegrass gospel to The Beatles) and
storytelling (from Star Trek/Star Wars to Nora Roberts).
A voracious reader, her personal library is a tribute to
the worlds she visited and lives she lived. Her love of
trivia and game shows was testament to her love of
knowledge. She leaves behind the legacy of being the
unbeaten Trivial Pursuit Champion in perpetuity.
She is survived by her grandchildren
Abby and Alex, daughter Dawn Driscoll (husband Jeff),
son David White (wife Laura), mother Norma Nohre, sister
Debra Wenk (husband John), brother Mark (wife Toni),
nieces Jessica Nohre and Susannah Mengel (husband
Craig), nephews Brian Clifford (wife Sharri) and Erik
Nohre (wife Denise), grandnephews Mason, Connor,
William, grandniece Carmen, granddog Roxie and grandcat
Molly. She is preceded in death by her father, Carmen
Nohre, and ex-husband, Ralph White, Jr.
Cathy was called home to the Lord on
July 7, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer and
with her children at her side.