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Elizabeth Ann Skelton
OBITUARY: The Paris News - Published February 24, 2008
TYLER. Elizabeth Ann Catterson, 78, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2008, at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital after a brief illness. Graveside services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery with the Rev. Alfred Darst officiating, under the direction of Lloyd James Funeral Home, Tyler. Liz, as she was known by her friends, was born May 7, 1929, in Paris, the daughter of Coy T. Skelton and Myrtle Lee (Howard) Skelton, granddaughter of Benjamin F. Howard and Lona (Willis) Howard and niece of Leon Howard, all of Paris. She went to the common schools of Lamar County and graduated with honors from Paris High School in 1944. In school, she was known for her musical aptitude, playing the clarinet in the band, and also learning the cello and piano, as well as singing in the school choir. She attended Paris Junior College and business school. She worked as a secretary for United States Cold Storage in Dallas for many years before getting married in Hugo, Okla., on June 20, 1953, to Lt. Col. Lorace Edward Catterson. She relished her life as the wife of an Air Force officer, a role that although undervalued, was just as important in fighting and winning the Cold War as that of the soldier. This role allowed this East Texas girl the opportunity to travel around the world and experience sights that she never thought she would see. Upon retirement, the Catterson family moved to Tyler in 1969, where her husband was a professor at Tyler Junior College and she maintained the home for her family. She enjoyed sports, especially the teams from Dallas, and her beloved Texas Aggies and always reached for the sports section from the newspaper first. She also enjoyed fishing for trout in Wyoming, took several cruises and four trips to Hawaii, many with her lifelong friend, Ruth Uzzell. Her interests included politics. She supported conservative causes. She was also interested in true crime novels, courthouse jury trials, where she met her great friend, Jean Moore, and cats. Her house was full of items relating to cats, and she was always found wearing clothes or jewelry with a feline theme. She supported many animal welfare charities, her favorites were Best Friends Animal Society of Kanab, UT, or the Tiger Creek Refuge in Smith County. She was a member of the Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Coy Frank Skelton; and her husband of 54 years, Lorace Edward, who passed away Jan. 17 of this year. She is survived by son, Lorace Edward Catterson, of Bryan; grandson, Coy Edward Catterson, of Madisonville; nephews, Steve Skelton, of Sugarland, Ricky Skelton, of Waco; cousins, Billy Don Skelton, of LaPorte; Mildred Price, of Odessa; friends, Ruth Uzzell, of Springfield, Mo., Mary Toolan, of Punta Gorda, Fla.; Lillie Truelove, of Donald, S.C., June McCann, Bellevue, of Nebraska, Jean Moore, of Tyler, and Karen Mormina, of Lindale; hairdresser of many years, Hans Vercruysse; and feline friend, Ginger. The family would like to thank the doctors and staff from the best hospital in Tyler, Trinity Mother Frances for the care they provided in the last three days of her life, especially doctors Williamson, Becker, Markowitz and Caccitolo who got together and finally diagnosed her condition, but were too late to save her. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you support one of the mentioned charities, the Humane Society or the local animal shelter, P. O. Box 6151, Tyler, TX 75711.