Our beloved mother, Catherine Simons Dowsett, also known as Cappy or Pinky, passed away February 1, 2023, after a long, happy, and healthy life. She was the sixth child of Charles and Dorothy Simons of Sugar House. Catherine was born at home and was there to greet her older siblings as they came home from school for lunch. She grew up in Sugar House, playing tennis and ice skating at Fairmont Park. She was such a cute, tiny little thing who, at age 14, was hired by Woolworths to advertise one of the newest toys, bottled bubble solution. Her job was to stand in their storefront window and blow bubbles.
Mom had many opportunities to tag along with older siblings, and one such time she was taken to a baseball game at Holladay Elementary School. There she spotted a very handsome, young baseball player nicknamed “Skip,” because he skipped before he threw the ball. Catherine was able to get Ted’s attention by flirting with him in the parking lot, commenting on his shiny new car. He was smitten and followed her all the way home to Sugar House. This was the beginning of a romance that grew into a family, including three children, Christine, Diane, and Brian, which will go on for eternity.
Mom was sweet and kind, beautiful, talented, and hardworking. She loved most things pink and all things sparkly. Mom worked alongside Dad building two homes, and she enjoyed camping, hunting, and fishing with him, including sitting in a duck blind at Willard Bay and wearing waders while fishing. She did much of the yard work, including cutting the lawn until she was in her 80s. Mom was a talented seamstress and sewed beautiful clothing for herself, her children, and her grandchildren. She loved dolls and created beautiful cloth dolls with embroidered faces, yarn hair, and beautifully sewn dresses. For many years, Mom enjoyed being a part of a bowling league at the Cottonwood Lanes, which included her sisters and friends. Mom’s Sunday dinners, including hot homemade rolls with homemade strawberry jam, were legendary.
Mom was a wonderful grandmother to her eight grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She was happy to spend many hours mothering these lucky children whose lives would not have been the same without her. She was a loving example of what a mother and grandmother should be.
Besides children and grandchildren who were treated to Mom’s tender care, there were many Maltese and Shih Tzu puppies who were loved by Mom over the years. The care they received included being given treats on demand and being tucked into a cozy bed each night. Mom loved to have a little dog next to her or on her lap as she sat watching TV at night.
Mom served in numerous callings in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and made many good friends in her ward. When Dad retired, she and Dad served at the baptistry in the Jordan River Temple for 10 years. They enjoyed this time with old friends and new friends.
As Mom and Dad’s world grew smaller, they spent most of their time in the home they loved. There was nothing they enjoyed more than sitting on their patio, looking at their beautiful yard and watching the many birds that flocked to their birdfeeders. Indoors, they enjoyed playing double solitaire and watching “The Price Is Right.” They were blessed to have daily visits from children and grandchildren.
When Dad passed, Chris and her husband Al welcomed Mom into their home and lovingly cared for her. Mom enjoyed having Chris and Al’s company and also having the attention of Chris’ dogs, Nellie and Mikey.
Catherine was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Ted Dowsett; parents, Charles and Dorothy Simons; brother, William (Inez) Simons; and sisters, Jean (Earl) Jacobsen, Audrey (Cliff) Meadows, Francis Tea, and Marilyn (Ray) Zobrist. She is survived by her son, Brian (Rebecca) Dowsett; daughters, Christine (Al) Dipietro, and Diane (Robert) Waldron; eight grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the Holladay 8th Ward, 5450 South Holladay Blvd, Holladay, Utah, with a viewing beginning at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be at Memorial Holladay Cemetery, 4900 South Memory Lane, Holladay, Utah.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Shriners or Primary Children’s Hospital.Service Information
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5450 South Holladay Boulevard, Holladay, UT
February 8, 2023 at 11:00 AM
5450 South Holladay Boulevard, Holladay, UT