Obituary: Cathy Priem

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Cathy Priem

Catherine Arlie Richter Baar Priem was born March 22, 1937, in Brawley, Calif., and died Aug. 31, 2011, in Hemet, Calif.

Cathy grew up in Indio, Calif., the first child of Nolan and Leota Derrick Richter. After graduating in 1955 from Coachella Valley Union High School, Cathy attended San Diego State University. In 1957, she married and moved to Barstow, Calif., where her three children were born.

In Barstow, Cathy found that volunteering was great fun. She became a member, and later president, of the Barstow Junior Women’s Club, Jaycettes, and Montara PTA. In 1966, Cathy was named in the publication “Outstanding Women in America.”

Her family moved to Highland, Calif., in 1969 where, in 1972, her oldest daughter, Diana, died of cancer. Cathy and her husband divorced the next year.

In 1973, Cathy moved back to San Diego. She worked for Bank of America, at various branch locations, spanning a 25-year career.

After four wonderful years of San Diego fun, she met and married Ralph Priem in 1977. Her life, and that of her children, got even better! She gained three beautiful daughters, two sons-in-law and adorable granchildren.

In 1992, Ralph and Cathy moved to Idyllwild, Calif., where they were, true to form, actively involved in the community. They helped start the Idyllwild Jazz Festival, with the Woods, Carlsons and Marshall Hawkins, and the Summer Concert Series. Cathy was president of the Idyllwild Quilters, where she created beautiful works of art, and was also the president of Rotary Anns.

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