Cathy Brassell, beloved mother, and former Durango 9-R school board member passed away on September 16th in Franklin, TN.
Born Catherine Sue Heath in Syracuse, NY in 1946, Cathy was the oldest of six children of Charles and Elizabeth Heath.
She earned her bachelor's degree in Theater Arts from San Diego State University, where she performed as an actress in several productions at The Old Globe Theater. She would appear in other theater productions for several years.
Besides acting, she dedicated her life to her love, Dan Brassell, former director of the Durango Public Library (who passed in 2013). They married in Borrego Springs, CA in 1968 and traveled the world together throughout their lives. They raised their family in locales from New York to California, Iowa to Colorado, Massachusetts to Arizona.
In Durango, Cathy worked at the cable television office and later for various local doctors. She was an avid reader and astronomy & movie buff, and in retirement, she was active in Catholic Daughters of America, Women's Club, and the American Legion. For her efforts on the 9-R school board, she was recognized as a Colorado All-State school board member.
Most importantly, her kids adored her and could always depend on her enthusiastic conversations and quick wit. She brightened every room she stepped in, and all the world was truly her stage.
Cathy is survived by all her younger siblings, including (locally) Char Senteney of Hesperus and formerly Mary Eggleston who now lives in Casa Grande, AZ; daughter Liz Brassell of Franklin, TN; and sons Danny Brassell of Denver and Jim Brassell of Newbury Park, CA, along with their wives and five grandchildren(Kate, Sean, Samantha, Connor & Caroline) in total.
She will be cremated, and her children will spread her and her beloved husband's ashes over San Francisco Bay, where the two spent their honeymoon. No services are planned.
Her children ask the public to be considerate of one another and either get vaccinated or wear a mask to prevent additional COVID deaths. Please support your local library and schools.
Published by The Durango Herald on Oct. 7, 2021.