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Cathy Cartwright Martin, the little Engine(er) that could, left her Earthly Ministry Saturday night, Oct. 9, 2021, at her home in Heath, surrounded by husband David and her immediate family.


It is often said that a person is fortunate to amass three or four true friends in a lifetime, but Cathy was the exception to that adage, having dozens and dozens of true-blue friends, hundreds of acquaintances, and hundreds more who were inspired by her valiant fight against Ovarian Cancer for over 14 years.


Her successful career as a Software Engineering Manager at a major defense facility, was often dramatized with her going toe to toe and nose to nose with Generals and retired generals. And her cancer fight, and successful career, are merely adjuncts to her unapologetic Christian Life, a shining example for hundreds and hundreds.


Cathy was born Mary Catherine Cartwright Jan. 7, 1964, in Knox City to Al and Mary Cartwright of Munday. She attended Munday public schools where she graduated with honors in 1982. Cathy was active in numerous academic and extracurricular activities including: Senior Class President, National Honor Society, Band, Flag Corp, One Act Play, FHA officer and others.


Cathy attended Texas A&M University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. She immediately went to work for (then) E-Systems Defense Contractors and worked for the company through a myriad of ownership and name changes. It was at A&M that she and David Martin, her future husband, met. She and David later married Dec. 15, 2012.


Cathy is survived by her brother Lou Cartwright and wife Janis of Austin; husband David of Heath; mother-in-law Marge Clement; son Randall and wife Dani of Waxahachie; son Phillip and fiancée Ashley of Fort Worth; daughter Katherine of Waxahachie and Samantha of Dallas. Grandchildren Maddisen, Jensen, Luke, Zoey, Rachel and Sara.


Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at Munday Church of Christ, with McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Leroy Torez, minister. Dan Offutt, song service. Visitation will be from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today at McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in Munday.


The family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of one’s choice.



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