September 25, 1931 – October 30, 2021 Catherine Ann Mortensen left this world on October 30, 2021 in San Luis Obispo, California. She was born in Dickinson, North Dakota on September 25, 1931 and was raised by her single mother along with her two sisters, Margaret and Jan. After graduating from UC Davis with a home economics degree, she married Jack Mortensen in 1954 in San Bernardino, California. She went on to earn her history degree and teaching credential from Cal State San Bernardino and spent many years as a kindergarten teacher in San Bernardino.
Cathy was an amazing woman whose greatest joys were being with her family and watching her students succeed. She also loved to work in her yard, sew, read and travel. “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” was a favorite quote of Cathy’s. She was a great source of “lemonade” for all her family and friends. Cathy leaves behind her daughter Laura (Tom) and son David (Lynn); her beloved grandchildren, Joe (Allie), Heather, Grace, Eric, Willie and Biba; and her two precious great-grandchildren, Nate and Jane. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Jack, and her sisters Margaret and Jan. The family thanks Jane, Jimmy and the staff from Foothills Residential in San Luis Obispo and Claudia from Central Coast Hospice for their love and care in Cathy’s final years.