Cathy George (Bohling)

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Cathy George (Bohling)

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Cathy George

Cathy George (Bohling), 76, passed away in Billings on July 30, 2019 surrounded by her loving family and supported by a legion of caring friends.

Cathy was born to Giles “Bob” and Virginia “Jinny” Bohling in Hammond, Indiana. She grew up in the St. Louis, Missouri, area. She met the love of her life, Gene George, at the University of Kansas. They fell in love over a cup of coffee on the day President Kennedy was shot. Soon after came the happy marriage of two ridiculously good-looking people.

They married in 1964 and moved to Corvallis, Oregon, where Gene completed a master’s degree in geology while Cathy worked to support them. They spoke fondly of the $0.05 they saved weekly to buy and share a single ice cream cone. In 1966, Gene and Cathy moved to Casper, Wyoming. Soon after came daughter Lisa and son Eric. Gene and Cathy formed their own independent consulting geology company, Gene R. George and Associates, where Cathy managed the business side of the operations.

Cathy spent hours creating and maintaining her breathtaking gardens, both in Casper and Billings. She loved flowers, especially roses and orchids. She was an avid reader, spending endless time devouring mysteries and dramas. While in Casper, she devoted many hours to the Central Wyoming Hospice.

She moved to Billings in 2013 and fell in love with the Billings Public Library, visiting it nearly daily, supporting the Library Foundation, and even helping with the Friends of the Library event, Food for Thought.

Cathy’s best love, however, was her friends and family. She was a loving wife to Gene, a devoted mother to Lisa and Eric, a doting grandmother to Emmett, David and Calvin, and delighted great-grandmother to Brian. She made friends nearly everywhere she went. We were amazed at how she would start frequenting a local business and almost instantly become friends with the proprietor.

Cathy was preceded in death by her husband, Gene. She is survived by her son, Eric (Lynn) George of Billings; her daughter, Lisa (Steve) Reynolds of Cheyenne, Wyoming; grandsons Emmett Wester (Jessica), David Reynolds and Calvin George; great-grandson Brian Wester; and her beloved brother Peter Bohling of Fort Collins, Colorado.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Billings Public Library Foundation, 510 N. Broadway, Billings, MT 59101, 406- 237-6149.

A service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave. A reception will immediately follow at the Billings Petroleum Club.

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12 thoughts on “Cathy George (Bohling)”

  1. Cathy, we the members of Webster Groves High School class of 1960 are going to miss you. I remember at our last reunion (55th) you, I, Merrily and Mike Madden had great fun and laughs at our breakfasts at the Madden house. You left us much too soon.

  2. Our hearts are breaking with the loss of Cathy. Hugs, love, and prayers for all of your family and Cathy’s friends. Gene and Cathy had such an important impacted on our lives. They were such positive supportive people. The Best of the Best! Cathy will be greatly missed! We will never forget Gene and Cathy and their memory will always be held close in our hearts.

  3. We’ve lost a beautiful and selfless friend in Cathy’s passing. Her hard work and support through the establishment of Wyoming’s first hospice home in Casper is part of her legacy as well as being a fast and dedicated friend to all she met. My deep sympathy to her fiends and family.

  4. Amy (Bohling)Scipione

    Cousin Cathy. It’s been years since I’ve seen you, but I do remember your sweetness. Just like your mother. Now you are home with Gene and Mom and dad and Corey.

  5. Kristine Glover

    Oh Dear friend how my heart is broken in a million pieces. But I know your sweet Gene and mama were there to meet you. You were a such a light for all. You will be so missed….. but I will see you again. Love and light to your family let beautiful memories of you fill their hearts and the sarrow of losing you remind us all life is short so live, truly live as you did with love and compassion and empathy for all. Till we meet again Dear friend.

  6. Cathy and I enjoyed many laughs and thoughtful conversations during our “Corner Post “days. A gracious woman, she was funny, caring and vivacious! I know her kind spirit will be missed by family and friends. May her spirit be surrounded by light and love.
    Prayers forward to Lisa and Eric and their families.
    Donna (Cawiezell) Mathern

  7. Cathy was my best friend for over 25 years. She was the dearest most darling woman. We used to walk an average of 15 miles a week on the Platte River. We traveled to St Louis (our home town) many times together. We both worked together for Central Wyoming Hospice for many years. A few remembrances: our army men protectors; cole haan shoes; cashmere sweaters; underwear from Neiman Marcus and Saks; cheese bread, ice teas and salads at Cheese Barrel; books on tape; facials; Ft. Collins; chocolate chip cookies; crystals, feathers, and lots of laughter! We made a pact that when one of us dies we will send the other feathers at Frontenac (a country club mall in St. Louis). I am headed to St. Louis in September and have no doubt I will find feathers at Frontenac. RIP sweetie! I love you to infinity.

  8. Thinking of Cathy today and the years we spent together on the Hospice board. She was devoted to hospice and many benefited from her efforts. Rest in peace my friend. Kathy Dolan

  9. Sheila Cooper – So very sorry to hear of your loss. She was such a “lady” and loved and respected by so many. My love and sympathy to all of you.

  10. Elizabeth (Betsy) Gulick

    My thoughts go out to all of you. She was always the one I called when something awful happened and she always knew just what to say to make it better. I am sure you are all just as devastated as I am at Cathy’s passing. Love to you all.

  11. Jim and Sue Clark

    What a shock to find out about your beautiful mother’s passing so soon. Jim and I were out of state when I found out from my sister Catie in Texas. We had no idea that she was sick or for how long? We didn’t get the papers but I got it off line. We have lots of good memories of our years together when your dad was with all of you. The dinners and parties on Trojan. Cathy was always special to me and when James was born. Lisa I would love to visit with you when it is convenient. We are still on Eagle Drive in Casper. We will miss Cathy, our prayers will be with all of you during these hard months.

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