Alton, IL


Cathy Willene (Miller) Blackwood

Cathy Willene (Miller) Blackwood, 64, received her call from Jesus at 6:32 pm on Friday, February 9th. Her family was there with her when she answered. She knew he would be calling soon as they had previously discussed the details. She knew she would be leaving and Jesus would be meeting her to attend a reunion with her dad, grand-parents, bro-in-law, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends, where laughter and music abounds. Following her reunion, she would finally get to enjoy all of the things she so loves; gardening, dancing, water-skiing, and socializing.

Although she will be incredibly missed by her mom, Leah (JoAnn), her daughter Tiara, her son, Dane, her sisters, Debbi and Toni, her little bro, Tim, lots more family, and many, many friends, we smile because we know she has already enjoyed her reunion and has made countless new buddies. We figure about now, she is most likely mesmerized at the beauty of her lawn and trees...and we are pretty sure she's already planned a trip to the nursery to add her own flair to her flowers!

If you knew her even slightly, you knew her greatest joy and her utmost pride was her two kids...they will forever hold her heart.

Her gift from Jesus was the ability to connect with a perfect stranger, no matter who they were or where she was. Without fail, she left them with a laugh in their heart and a smile on their face. They left her giving a wink aimed towards Heaven. She knew her gift!

Visitation will be from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto. Graveside services will follow at 1:10 pm at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto.

Memorials may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

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