Former longtime Durango resident Catherine Elizabeth Dodd passed away peacefully On Sunday, November, 7, 2021 in Fountain Hills, Arizona. Born to Preston and Marion Painter in Harding County, South Dakota on October 9, 1939, she was raised on the family ranch with her four brothers and four sisters. Cathy married Richard Dodd of Spearfish, South Dakota in 1957 and gave birth to her daughters Dee Ann and Natalie before moving to Cortez, Colorado in 1961.
Once settled in their new home, Cathy began working as a teller in Cortez where the family welcomed their son, Greg, and moved to Durango. Professionally ahead of her time, she continued her banking career by joining First National Bank where she would work for more than 30 years. After retiring as their Vice President, she continued energetically in the field as a financial advisor. Cathy was an active member of the community and was a positive influence on her coworkers, clientele, and friends. She helped make Durango a better place to live through her participation in various community organizations, and in her retirement, she enjoyed her friends in Garden Club and pursuing her favorite hobby as a quilter. Cathy was a loving and dedicated daughter, sister, wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, and friend to all that knew her.
Cathy is survived by her children Dee Ann Varns, Natalie Willis and Greg Dodd, sisters Helen Watson, Ruth Henrikson, Mary Jacobs, and Carol Erickson, brothers Ned and Richard Painter, 8 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Richard Dodd, parents, and brothers Robert and Daniel Painter.
A celebration of her life will be held Friday, December 3, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church in Durango. In lieu of flowers, her family asks that friends can make a tribute donation to the Alzheimer's Association
Published by The Durango Herald on Nov. 15, 2021.