|Catherine Ann Yerkes Clark|
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|Birth: ||Aug. 1, 1926|
Black Hawk County
|Death: ||Jul. 27, 2007|
Cathy is best known for the years she taught English at Natrona County High School. She taught literature and writing, serving for a time as the NCHS journalism instructor and adviser to the student publication, the Gusher, and later editing and producing Extra Credit, a newsletter for NCHS parents.
Cathy was born to Cecil Harland and Norma Jennish Yerkes. The family soon moved to Toledo, IA, where Catherine grew up and went to school. Music played an important part throughout Cathy's life; she learned to play cello and was trained as a vocalist at an early age and sang on many occasions in private and public performances.
Cathy graduated from the University of Iowa in 1949, an English major. She was elected to the Alpha of Iowa chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Married by this time to Dr. Burns M. Byram II, the couple later moved to Hawaii, where their first child, a daughter, was born. The family returned to Iowa after two years and had a son.
In 1961, Cathy moved to Casper with her children and began teaching English for the first time at NCHS. She later married Dr. Joseph E. Clark and had another daughter. Cathy returned to the classroom in 1973. It was during these years that she honed her teaching skills, returning several times to attend summer courses at the University of Iowa.
Cathy retired from teaching in 1988, and bought a winter home in Sun City West, AZ, returning to Casper in summer. Retirement allowed her to travel — to England, among other places — and enjoy her love of both mountains and southwest culture. She was active with the American Association of University Women and in the Episcopal Church.
She is survived by her children: Barbara Byram Spanjer and husband Steve, of Fort Collins, CO; Burns Maxwell "Butch" Byram III, of Gillette; and Carol Clark Baker and husband Wesley, of Las Cruces, NM; brother Raymond C. Yerkes and wife Noel, of Newburyport, MA; two granddaughters and a nephew. She was preceded in death by her brother, Russell; her parents, and a nephew.
The family wishes to pass along Cathy's request for attendees to wear bright colors to the service celebrating her life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice, the American Cancer Society, or the Alzheimer's Association. Cremation has taken place and the ashes will be interred at family gravesites in Toledo and Chariton, IA.
Specifically: Toledo and Cariton, IA
Created by: L. M. Yerkes
Record added: Jul 11, 2010
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