Wilma C. Cather (nee Smith), 93, of Elyria, died peacefully Monday, July 14, 2014 at her home surrounded by family, following a brief illness. She was born March 9, 1921 in Coxs Mills, Gilmore Co., West Virginia and lived in Glennville, West Virginia and Louisville, Ohio, before moving to Elyria in 1957.
She was a 1942 graduate of Tanner High School, Tanner, West Virginia. She worked as a nurse’s aid and had been employed at the former Victorian Nursing Home in Elyria, the Lorain County Home and also with Elyria United Methodist Village from where she retired in 1985.
She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Elyria and enjoyed sawing, sanding and painting wood crafts and sewing. Her greatest joy was taking care of her family and sharing her love.
Wilma is survived by her husband of 72 years, Foster D. Cather; sons, Rondall (Jane) Cather of Brunswick and Steven (Linda) Cather of Grafton; daughters, Sheila (Bill) Nemeth of Elyria, Kathy Cather (Denise) of Cleveland; also surviving are eight grandchildren, Connie, Donnie, Tina, Jenny, Robert, Tim, Tricia and David; 13 great grandchildren, Robert Jr. II, Travis, Amber, Kurtis, Steven, Allie, Lexi, Nikolas, Abbey, Gage, Logan and Jacob and Vincent; sisters, Ava Wahneva Folk of Elyria, Mary Louise (Ken) Starett of Elyria and Loretta (Ed) McElwee of Lost Creek, West Virginia; brothers, Ford Smith of North Ridgeville and Virgil (June) Smith of Grafton.
She was preceded in death by brothers, Melvin Layke Smith in 1969, Adrian Paige Smith in 2007, Levi Ruble Smith in 2008, Willard Cline Smith in 2000, Robert Don Smith in 1953, Richard Dean Smith in 1991; and sister, Daisy Lucille Smith in 2009.
Friends will be received Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 4 to 8 P.M. at Dicken Funeral Home, 323 Middle Ave., Elyria. Friends will also be received Friday, July 18, 2014 from 10 A.M. until the time of an 11 A.M. funeral service at Calvary Baptist Church, 114 Hope Ct., Elyria. Reverend Art Myers will officiate and interment will be in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Township.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church.