Cathy Ann Sickels

Born on July 1, 1956

Departed on October 10, 2019 and resided in Greenbrier, TN

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Cathy Ann Sickels, 63, passed away Thursday October 10, 2019 at her home. Born July 1, 1956 in Massena, NY, Cathy was the daughter of the late Caryl Gibson and Doreen (Donnely) Gibson. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Thomas J. Gibson. Cathy graduated from Holy Family High School in Massena. She received her nursing education from the State University of New York. Cathy had worked as an emergency room nurse, in psychiatric nursing, prison nursing and prison psychiatric nursing before ultimately working in the Office of the Inspector General for the State of Tennessee where she was employed as an investigator in the Tenn Care fraud dept. Cathy was known for her intelligence as well as being eccentric and fun. She loved animals, especially penguins and cats. In her spare time she enjoyed cooking, sewing and making jewelry. Cathy is survived by her husband, Paul J. Sickels, whom she married on December 26, 1982; her siblings, Edward C. Gibson, Scott J. Gibson and Jennifer L. Pettis; step-daughters, Melinda Gibson and Selma L. Sickels; 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. A life celebration service will be held at Springfield Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, Wednesday October 16, 2019 at 7:00 PM. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 PM Wednesday immediately prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tennessee Aquarium for the benefit of the penguins.

9 Comments to Cathy Ann Sickels

  1. Chris Rieck and family says:

    I am so sorry to hear this, may you all find the love light healing strength peace needed to get through this. It seems unreal we just saw her in September.

  2. Margaret Davis says:

    Cathy was the most caring and understanding person I have ever met. When my granddaughter was murdered and I came back to work she came up to me and didn’t say a word and just gave me a hug… just what I needed at the time. I will forever miss my friend and coworker.

  3. Terry Jackson says:

    I can hear your robust laugh and also hear the sounds of your finger cymbals as you happily danced away in your genie outfit. I am smiling at the thought.
    Keep on dancing and making people happy wherever you are sweet friend.

  4. Charlene Taylor says:

    Cathy’s smiles were always genuine and laughter contagious,her positive attitude would always turn a frown upside down..her love of life makes everyone around her feel special her kind and giving heart were exceptional and will be missed by many…RIP my friend I will keep you in my heart always..

  5. Kim Harmon says:

    Cathy was a Giver in this life. She gave to others freely and loved to laugh. She worked diligently for many years either providing good medicine or investigating those practicing bad medicine;she wanted to make this world a better place. She always had a smile on her face and a witty comment to brighten one’s day. She once told me her bead work was relaxing; her handiwork is nothing short of amazing. Your smile will be forever missed, but your presence in our lives has forever changed our hearts.

  6. Nancy (Gibson) Pesaresi says:

    You will be missed precious cousin.

  7. Erika Napier says:

    I am gutted. Cat was the kind of person that brightened the world simple by existing. She was so much fun to chat with. I am glad I got to meet her face to face after “meeting” online. Bud, we are sending you all of our love and prayers.

  8. Renee Dorris says:

    Miss Cathy, what a friend, what an impact you made in this world. Forever smiling and joking and cheerful and making the world a better place. I loved to hear you talk about your love of family, parrots, penguins and belly dancing. I loved that birthday lunch where we went to Fattoush Cafe and giggled until we almost choked on our falafel. Prayers for your family and fond sweet memories in my heart for you.

  9. Lucy Jameson says:

    I’m heartbroken. I met Cat in 2012 when she volunteered to help organize vending for Nashville Pagan Pride Day. She has been a pillar we have relied on for the past 8 years. She was our rock and our sister in spirit. We love her dearly and miss her deeply.

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