The Norman Transcript

December 19, 2012

Catherine ‘Cathy’ McGill Pearson

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Memorial services for Catherine “Cathy” McGill Pearson, age 47, formerly of Norman, will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 235 W. Duffy St. in Norman.

Cathy was born Nov. 9, 1965, the daughter of Mike and Elizabeth (McDermott) McGill in Oklahoma City. She passed away Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Billings, Mont.

Cathy or “Cat,” as she was known by family and friends, spent her entire childhood in Norman, attending Norman Public Schools, graduating from Norman High School in 1984. While at NHS, she enjoyed participating on the Pom Pom Squad and the percussion section of the Tiger Marching Band.

After high school, Cathy attended Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma, pursing a degree in English and art history.

Cathy’s love for music and her sincerity with people inabled her to excel in music retail and the restaurant food service industries. Her compassion for others led her to working at the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary, where she cared for animals unable to be returned to their natural environment. She was known for carrying an extra leash in her car, in case she came across a lost or wondering animal. She enjoyed reuniting families with their lost pets with a big warm smile and a sparkle in her eyes, as she did on countless occasions.

Cathy was passionately devoted to her family and friends. The highlight of her life was meeting and marrying her best friend and soul mate, Chris, whom she married on Oct. 23, 2004, in Golden, Colo. Cathy and Chris shared a very special relationship that very few are blessed to have.

Cathy enjoyed spending time with her husband in the mountains, hiking, skiing, snow shoeing and picnicking in the snow. A highlight of these experiences was climbing to the top of Torrey’s Peak, her first Colorado 14-er. In addition to the mountain adventures, she loved the simplicity of nature while walking up mountain trails with her dog, Lucy. No place on earth brought as much peace and fullness in her heart than the natural setting of the Rocky Mountains.

She enjoyed reminiscing about special times with her grandparents, a simple story of summers in Michigan, the gang of friends on McCall Drive and meeting Chris on the doorstep after an extended time away.

Of the many things Cathy meant to others, she will be most remembered for her deep loyalty and unwavering commitment to her family and friends. Her sharp wit, being the “cool chic that rocked the flannel shirt” of the group, and infectious laughter will be just a few of the moments that have now evolved into memories of our time with her.

We will treasure the time we spent with Cathy cheering on the Sooners, the Broncos and the Colorado Avalanche.

Cathy will be greatly missed, but will live on through the kindness and compassion she gave others and in our hearts.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Kermit and Nadine McGill; her maternal grandparents, George and Zibby McDermott; and one uncle, Jack McGill.

Survivors include her husband, Chris Pearson of Billings, Mont.; her parents, Mike and Elizabeth McGill of Richardson, Texas; one sister, Anne Hutchison and her husband Marion of Norman; nephews Matthew Hutchison and Tyler Belloni; niece, Grace Belloni; goddaughters Charlie, Mackenzie and Gabrielle Abbey; and her “four-legged woman’s best friend” Lucy.

Donations may be made in memory of Cathy Pearson to the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary at

Arrangements for Cathy and her family were placed in the care of the Vice family at the Havenbrook Funeral Home in Norman.

Online condolences may be shared at

Norman Transcript, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012

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