Catharine Wright Barnhill, 88, passed away peacefully in Roswell, on Dec. 26, 2013, surrounded by loved ones. She was born on April 17, 1925, in El Paso, Texas, to Horace and Martha Wright. She was a veteran of the United States Coast Guard, where she served as a pharmacy technician during World War II for 28 months. After the war, she returned to El Paso and pursued a degree in sociology at the University of Texas, El Paso. She married her husband William Burroughs Barnhill on Aug. 30, 1947, and they were married for 54 years. In addition to raising four children, she worked for several years as a case worker for the New Mexico Department of Human Services. She was a member of Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Roswell and active in the PEO – Chapter B Sisterhood of Roswell. She was very committed to her Christian faith and remained faithful to the very end. She and her husband, Bill, were avid square dancers. They had the opportunity to travel the world. They also wore out two RVs and numerous jeeps exploring the dusty back roads of North America.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Horace and Martha Wright; her sister, Frances Sherlin; her daughter, Gail Elisha Anderson; her husband, William Barnhill; and her son, Brian Barnhill.
She is survived by her son, Clayton Barnhill and his wife, Jeannine and their son, Ethan, of Roswell; her son, Chris Barnhill, and his wife, Donna, of Santa Fe, their daughter, Kylie of Austin, Texas, and their son, Brennan, of Los Angeles, Calif.; her grandson, Jeremy Childs and wife, Vanessa, their son Hayden and daughter, Jordan, of Las Vegas, Nev.; her grandson, Nathan Childs, of Sacramento, Calif.; her grandson, Elijah Anderson and wife, Stephanie, and their son, Wyatt, and newborn daughter, June, of Chicago, Ill.; her sister, Winnie Matthews, of Huntington Beach, Calif.; her sister, Elizabeth Masarie, of Eugene, Ore., and her brother, Horace Wright Jr., of El Paso, Texas, and numerous nephews and nieces and many special friends.
A memorial service will be held at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Roswell on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at 11 a.m. Her final resting place will be next to her husband at the Fort Stanton Veterans Cemetery. Rev. Dale W. Plummer will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be made online at lagronefuneralchapels.com. Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.