LAND O’LAKES, Fla. – Cathy Blythe, 73, of Land O’Lakes, FL, died March 11, 2022 at Melech Hospice House in Temple Terrace, FL.
She was predeceased by her husband, Mike Blythe, in 2001; and his father and mother, Paul and Betty Jones of Saybrook, IL.
She is survived by her two sons: Michael Blythe, MO, and Larry Blythe, NC; one granddaughter, Mackenzie Blythe, Illinois; and grandsons: Gabriel, Ft. Campbell, KY, and Trevor, Adam and Isaiah, NC; sister, Vicki Bane (Larry), Florida; brothers: Bill Jones (Nancy), MO, Jim Jones, IL; sister-in-law, Dianne Jones, Illinois; several nieces and nephews as well as their children and cousins; and her sisters-in-law: Judy Kelly and Trisha Douglas, IL and their families.
Born and raised in Illinois, she has resided most of her life in Saybrook, Illinois, where she met Mike in high school and married after graduating in 1966. She worked for the Superintendent of Schools and at State Farm before retiring at age 55.
She was the guardian of her husband and mother before their deaths. In October 2010, she was blessed with a double lung transplant at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, and from then on she lived her life to the fullest.
She was very involved in the Saybrook Christian Church. In 2014, she moved to Florida to be near her sister and her family. Bay Hope Church became her new church and she continued to serve the Lord, mentoring young girls from CPGA (Central Pasco Girls Academy) through Bay Hope’s At-Risk Kids program. She has also served the Lord in Stonecroft Ministries, New Tampa Women’s Connection and her NTWC Bible study.
She loved serving God, loved her family and friends, bird watching, going to the beach, shopping, going out to eat with friends, playing games and cards, reading and relaxing in her swimming pool.
His celebration of life is at Bay Hope Church, 17030 Lakeshore Rd., Lutz, FL on Wednesday, March 23. 1:30 hour tour, 2 service, 3 reception. Services in Illinois are April 2, at Saybrook Christian Church, 104 North Washington, Saybrook, Illinois. Visit 10, service 11 and lunch afterwards.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to At Risk Kids (CPGA) in Bay Hope Church or Boutique in Bay Hope, Saybrook Christian Church, Melech Hospice House in Temple Terrace, FL, and the American Cancer Society .