It pains me to admit it, but apparently, I have passed away. Everyone told me it would happen one day but that’s simply not something I wanted to hear, much less experience. Once again, I didn’t get things my way! That’s been the story of my life all my life.
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And while on that subject (The story of my life) on November 26, 1956 my parents celebrated my birth and I was introduced to all as Catherine Jeanette Manier, the daughter of Allen & Zella Manier.
I can’t believe that happened in the second half of last century but there are records on file in the court house which can corroborate this claim.
So many things in my life seemed of little significance at the time they happened but then took on a greater importance as I got older. The memories I’m taking with me now are so precious and have more value than all the gold and silver in my jewelry box.
Memories where do I begin?
I Graduated Science Hill High School in 1974, I won many awards at the Appalachian Fair in Gray and of course I loved the competition, I cooked and baked for my family and friends, I worked for Holston Home for Children in Greeneville by helping so many families and children in the community, through laughter and tears. And my dream job at the Southeast Culinary College in Bristol, VA, my years at the Johnson City Community Theater were many, a lifetime; and so much fun, and marrying the love of my life Charlie Riddle.
I left behind a hell of a lot of stuff to my chosen family who have no idea what to do with it.
I was known for my lack of patience, not holding back my opinion and a knack for telling it like it is. I always told you the truth even if it wasn’t what you wanted to hear.
My cremation and smoking hot body thanks to my chosen family is done, and I’m in this F’in squirrel cookie jar.
You can come and brag about knowing me...but be careful I’m watching. My Celebration of Life will be from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the Johnson City Community Theatre, 600 E. Maple Street, Johnson City, TN 37601. Don’t be late!
Also: If a squirrel takes up residence in your shed, grab a barbeque brush to coax him out, if he doesn’t leave, brush him for twenty minutes and let him stay.
Everyone who remembers me is asked to celebrate my life in their own way, play a Bunco game in my honor, a Low Country Boil and a beverage of your choice should be part of any celebration.
No buildings named after me; no monuments erected in my honor. But I DID have the chance to know and love each and every one of you. How much more blessed can a person be?
I’ll leave you with this... do your best, follow your heart and make something amazing out of your life. Please don’t cry for me because I’m gone; instead be happy that I was here. (Or maybe you can cry a little bit. After all, I just passed away.) and I will always be here with you.
Be sure to enjoy the food, I know it’s not as good as what I would have brought, but y’all tried. Lol
Her spirit is carried on by her chosen family and extended friends from every walk of life.
If you wish to send flowers to the Celebration of Life service, please have them sent to the East Tennessee Funeral Home, 2630 TN-75, Blountville, TN 37617. If you wish to honor her in other ways you can send a donation to the Johnson City Community Theater, Holston Home, etc.