Catherine Marie Newton (nee Reynolds, Gogo)

September 16, 1931 – September 23, 2020
On September 23, 2020, the night’s sky became a little bit brighter as another Angel was called home. Catherine Marie (Reynolds), (Gogo), Newton, was born September 16, 1931.
Remembered with Love by her daughters, Cathie Gogo, Cindy Gogo, Debbie (Jeff) Hallworth, and Ronda Gogo; son in law, Gabe Fekete, and stepson, Skip (Laurie) Newton; brothers, George (Barb) Reynolds, and Jim (Fatina) Reynolds; sisters, Rose Burton, Yvonne (Louie) Dol and Margaret (Don) Evans; sister in laws, Darlene, Helen and Margaret Reynolds; grandchildren, Darrin (Jen), Cody (Carmen) and Ronnie Palmer, Ryan (Tanya) and Brienne Gogo, Jodi Howden, Nicholas (Katherine) and Dusty Newton, Kaicee and Kari Trott, Alexandra (Ray) and Amanda Oxley, Savannah (Nick) Sinclair, MacKendrick Hallworth and Jacob Molcan; along with many great grandchildren, relatives and wonderful friends.
Predeceased by her parents, Robert and Ethel Reynolds; brothers, Bob, Tom, and Jack Reynolds; first husband, Ron Gogo; daughter, Coleen(Gogo) (Palmer) Fekete; son, Christopher Gogo; second husband, Harold Newton; son in laws, Donny Palmer, Ken Trott and Don Oxley.
Mom lived her faith, showing love, kindness, and charity to everyone. She was the kind of mother every child wants. She was creative, involved, compassionate and patient. And did she ever have patience! She was the second oldest of 9 siblings, and later had 6 children of her own. But throughout, she maintained a gentleness and a twinkle in her eye.
When we were young, Mom and Dad were very active with the Holy Family/Notre Dame Parish. They did a lot of fundraising to help the less fortunate in the community. Service projects, giving back, or paying it forward were important to them. Mom always said she received so much more out of the giving than receiving. It made her heart warm with love – God’s greatest gift to us.
Mom cared deeply about her friends and family. When they hurt, she hurt for them. When they found joy, she shared in their joy.
Mom taught Catechism at Smith Memorial School with her dear, lifelong friend Audrey Schmidt. There, they shared their Christian values with many children, while fostering a deep faith and love for our Lord, Jesus Christ.
During our teen years, Mom worked for the RCMP as a guard for female prisoners. Her empathy and kindness served her well in this position. A few years later, she became the coordinator for Citizens Advocacy, helping the physically and mentally disabled. Mom relished her role of helping others. She had a special gift of helping people to believe in themselves, and rise to their potential, even when they doubted themselves.
A great conversationalist and social butterfly, Mom made friends easily. Her positivity and zest for life was attractive and a beacon of light to others. She was a gifted storyteller, with a quick wit, and a great sense of humour, with playfulness.
Mom was a natural born artist. Whether it was making pottery, jewelry, or painting, she used her creativity to make beautiful art. She was able to fulfill a lifelong dream of being a part-owner in an art gallery called “The West Wind” in Forks, Washington.
Mom always maintained a very close connection with her brothers and sisters with regular phone calls, visits, and lunches. She loved them all very much. She cherished the time they spent together, and the many laughs they shared.
Mom and Hal enjoyed their senior years wintering in Arizona and travelling around the world. They took many cruises – travelling to Alaska, the Panama Canal, the Caribbean, Mexico, South America, including a trip down the mighty Amazon, and from Seattle to Australia, visiting every island in between. Mom had great adventures over the course of her life, but she was happiest at home, having a cup of tea, reading a good book, or listening to music.
Mom lived life well. She was rich in all things that mattered most – FAITH, FAMILY, FRIENDS and LOVE. We were blessed to have had such a beautiful soul for our mother. She often placed her hand over her heart and would say “From My Heart to Your Heart” and then placed her hand over your heart saying, “I Love You.” She also did this when she thought about her many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Mom lived a life of gratitude and was thankful for all the blessings God gave her. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt within the heart. She truly lived a life of “eloquent sufficiency”.
We are forever grateful to the Nurses, Care-Aids, and Recreational Staff of Fir Park Village for their compassion, dedication and tender loving care of our beautiful Mother and all the seniors and elders living at Fir Park. God Bless you all!
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