Catherine Hawkins-Farnsworth

July 11, 1937 - February 19, 2017
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Catherine M. Hawkins-Farnsworth, 79, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2017 at New Athens, Ohio after a period of declining health.

A daughter of the late Wayne T. Snyder and Lillie (Watt) Myers, Catherine was born July 7, 1937 at Steubenville, Ohio.

After graduating from Steubenville High School in 1956, she went…

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Catherine M. Hawkins-Farnsworth, 79, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2017 at New Athens, Ohio after a period of declining health.

A daughter of the late Wayne T. Snyder and Lillie (Watt) Myers, Catherine was born July 7, 1937 at Steubenville, Ohio.

After graduating from Steubenville High School in 1956, she went on to work for The Hub, JC Penny’s and then as a pharmacy technician at Big Bear Plus.

Catherine loved to pass on her history and stories to all of her friends and family; she had a gift for being able to speak and converse with young children.  She also enjoyed cooking, baking, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She enjoyed her time spent in the North Star community; while there she attended the Dover United Methodist Church.  She was a member of the Hopedale United Methodist Church and the UMW.  She was also a member of the Unionport OES WM in 1981 & 1990, Adult Late Deafened Association and the NF2 Crew.  She founded the Brownie Scout Troop in Hopedale and was a Mother Advisor for the Order of the Rainbow for Girls.

She is survived by her four daughters, Cathy (Michael) Eickleberry of Sevierville, Tennessee , Patricia (Kenneth) Cline of Bloomingdale, Ohio, and Sarah (Larry) Orr of New Philadelphia, Ohio, and Carolyn (Larry) Johnson of New Athens, Ohio; grandchildren, Carrie A. Eickleberry, Heather S. (Tim) Horstman, Jeffrey L. Greer, Jr., Stephanie L. (Michael) Brown, Marie F. (Josh) Everhart,  Kenneth L. Cline, Jr., Hilarry C. Orr, Hannah C. Orr, Anthony S. Johnson,  Amanda C. Johnson and Breanna L. Johnson great-grandchildren, Ava Engstrom, Nathan Engstrom, Owen Cline-Scott, Tina Cline-Scott, Kenna Cline-Brown, and Ezra Everhart; step-great-grandchildren, Paige Horstman and Peyton Horstman; a brother, Rev. W. Thomas (Helen) Snyder; a sister,  Rebecca Goleno; a sister-in-law, Vie Hawkins and Patricia Vanderwarp who was like a sister to Catherine, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and step-siblings.

In addition to her parents, Catherine is preceded in death by her first husband Richard Hawkins; her second husband, Gary Farnsworth; her daughter Rebecca S. Chancey and her grandchild, Michael R. Eickleberry.

Visitation will be held Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 11 to 1 PM in the Hopedale United Methodist Church at Hopedale, Ohio.  Following visitation an Eastern Star Service will be held.  A service will follow in the church at 1 PM with Rev. W Thomas Snyder officiating.  A private burial will follow.

Memorial contributions in Catherine’s memory may be made to the Children’s Tumor Foundation, 120 Wall Street, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10005-390.



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Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017

Time: 11:00 am

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Time: 1:00 pm

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Born: July 11, 1937
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Marlene Bond posted on 2/25/17

Girls, You had a great Mother as I am sure you knew. I first met Catherine and Richard at Harrison Chapter OES, Cadiz. They were loyal members and continued that at Unionport Chapter. My sympathy to you and your families.


The Robert Lenko Family posted on 2/23/17

We send love and prayers to you all. Catherine will be missed.


Michael Donohue posted on 2/23/17

Carol and I will miss Catherine greatly. A beautiful lady has gone to be with her family. Just wish we lived closer to see you one last time. In our prayers she will be remembered. Catherine was my cousin and I loved her very much.


Audrey Rainsberger posted on 2/23/17

We are so sorry to learn of your Mother's death. She was a faithful member of our Order for many years. Even in her later years she made it to our functions and it was a joy to see her. She and your Dad Richard left a lasting impression on many young ladies as they were very active in the Rainbow Girls. We all share your sorrow. Order of the Eastern Star Audrey, Secretary


Tom and Barb Ott posted on 2/22/17

Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of Kate's family and friends,She was a true inspiration to all,Always had a smile and a kind word to share with you whenever she would see you. I know she is rejoicing in Heaven with the rest of her family and friends that have gone before her.


Larry and Patty Sneathen posted on 2/22/17

So sorry for your loss. Always remember the good times.


LINDA WEST posted on 2/22/17



Ed & Carol Burns posted on 2/22/17

To all of you Hawkins, Farnsworth,Snyder and Burns family members I join you all in grieving the passing of Catherine. In no way am I trying to be first, but give me a minute to identify myself. I am the son of Ruth and John Burns of Steubenville Ohio. My Father was the brother of Catherine's Grandmother, Katie Snyder. Catherine and her brother Tom are my second cousins. Being born in the 1930's, it was not common to travel to see "distant' relatives. I do believe we were aware and have quickly passing memories of each other. My wife and I moved to Canton some years ago.. We became aware of the fact Catherine lived in Dover. We made contact and went to her home in Dover where we visited and enjoyed a lunch with her. She was as warm as any family member could be. She shared family stories and "bunches & bunches" of pictures. Her pride in her family was very noticeable, and you all got some " Mommie Time" from her. She was a very caring Mother, Aunt, Grandma, Mother-in-law to you all. She did not have the easy life. Her health would have slowed down many people. But her time spent with Brownies and Rainbow Girls shows her love for Family and Friends. May God Bless you all. We know God will welcome her with open arms. Ed & Carol Burns 9413 Huntshire ave NW North Canton, Oh 44720


Marie Drew posted on 2/22/17

If all the world showed the love to others that Catherine did, the world will be a better place. Rest in peace my friend.


Sandra posted on 2/21/17

My fondest memory is spending time with Catherine in California and Ohio. She was such a joy and will be greatly missed.


Natalie Doty posted on 2/21/17

So sorry for all the sadness at this time Prayers for your family.


Alice Kay McDowell and family posted on 2/21/17

You were cousin Catherine but to me you were always like an older sister. We were always welcome when we came to visit you. You will be sadly missed but we rejoice that you are now with the Lord and have no more suffering and will enjoy eternity with Him.


Amy McKnight posted on 2/21/17

I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother, we were truly blessed to have a woman as Loving, Beautiful & Strong in our lives. Aunt Catherine always had so much love in her heart for everyone. She was truly a saint among women, she will truly be missed. Love you Aunt Catherine!!


Jean posted on 2/21/17

I am so sorry for your loss.. Just know she is in heaven visiting all her loved ones and looking down here watching over you all....(((HUGS))))...Sorry I cant be there but know I am with you all in spirit and rapping my arms around you all.....Love ya all.....Jean aka Aunt Jean....


Charlotte Sutter posted on 2/20/17

So sorry for your loss. The loss of one's mother is always painful. She was a kind lady who was always willing to share helpful information about this NF2. Unfortunately, it seemed to hit her especially hard. She will be missed by many, but we know there is no more pain for her. God bless.


Beth Catharine posted on 2/20/17

To a fellow NF2 warrior, may you sing with the angels and be free of all pain and suffering. Thoughts and prayers for all the family and friends. May God grant you comfort and peace.


Babe Orr posted on 2/20/17

So sorry for your loss. I met Catherine when I was a teen. I always thought that she was an amazing lady, so sweet, and kind. She always shared her love with everyone she knew. Much love, huge hugs, and many prayers for all of your family sweet Catherine. Babe and Lennie


Mr & Mrs Burke D. Sullivan,Jr. posted on 2/20/17

Sorry for your loss may the Lord be with your family's at this time. Our Love Burke & Polly Sullivan.


Jody Gerard O'Donnell posted on 2/20/17

I am so very sorry for your loss and I send prayers for strength during this hard time. Catherine was always so nice to me and made me feel welcomed. Hugs to all.....


Linda Costello posted on 2/20/17

Catherine was a remarkable woman. She was a woman of strength, courage and perseverance. She is now in a place where she is free of pain and illness and is dancing with the angels! Sending love and prayers to everyone.


Melanie Reynolds posted on 2/20/17

So sorry for your loss. Your Mom was one great lady! God bless you all. Melanie Reynolds


Penny Moran Lehr and Family posted on 2/20/17

Cousin Catherine you will be missed by so many people. You are a wonderful person and I will never forget you. Rest in Heaven my dear sweet angel! I LOVE YOU! So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with every one of you through this most difficult time. Love you all so much.


Michelle posted on 2/20/17

You truly will be missed, I cannot say enough she was one of a kind.many many memories. Prayers to all who she touched and loved Through out her life time,preyers to all her family and friends!