Our mother lived a country style life, raised in Prineville, Ore. with five brothers who adored her. She milked cows, rode her horse to school and baked cakes in the old wood stove. She had lived in Medford the past 36 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church, Medford. Catherine celebrated her 100th birthday December 28, 2012 in Portland joined by over 130 of her close family and friends. Luis Palau opened her party with Psalms 92 and a prayer.
The love of Christ compelled her to live each day as if it were her last, knowing her true home was in Heaven. She set an example by being loving, kind, caring, funny, patient, and compassionate. Her sense of humor was contagious and laughter always filled her home.
She will never be forgotten, this wonderful mother of ours.Catherine Coshow Hoover went to be with Jesus January 10, 2013 from her home at RV Manor, her daughters by her side.
Catherine loved her hometown of Prineville, Ore. and visited there often. Her parents were Elmo Price and Esley Coshow. Her childhood was spent on a ranch below Old Grizzly Mountain eight miles from town. She rode her horse, Dagger, to school. Catherine loved acting in all the school plays and was on the debate team. She played the drums, violin, piano, and sang during her high school years. She graduated Crook County High in 1931. There were 28 graduates in her class. Catherine was honored with the Loving Cup that year which represented excellence in leadership, scholarship, service, and character. She loved sports and played basketball, baseball, and track.
Catherine attended Oregon State University the next three years with a vocal music scholarship. Singing was always a part of her life and she sang at her 100th birthday celebration. She joined Sigma Kappa sorority and was lifelong friends with her sorority sister, Phyllis Norton. Catherine's favorite summer job was singing and waiting tables at the Oregon Caves. She met the love of her life in Bend, Ore. while waiting tables at the Trailways bus depot cafe. Myrl founded Mt. Hood Stages in the 1920s which then became Pacific Trailways bus line.
Catherine married Myrl P. Hoover in 1942 spending 11 years in Portland, Ore. before moving to Los Altos Hills, Calif. They raised a family of four girls and two boys: Cal and Lorie Hoover, Bend, Ore., Kathi and John Ehrlich, Medford, Ore., Roberta and Ron Muggerud, Bellingham, Wash., Mary Jane and Charley Culver, Lake Oswego, Ore., Connie C. Otero, Kapaa, Hawaii, Maurie Hoover (deceased); and former daughter-in-law, Maxine . Myrl and Catherine began Allied Christian Foundation in 1962 which continues today, and supports worldwide Christian ministries.
Our Mother Catherine, Nana, adored her 16 grandchildren and delighted in being with them year-round especially during the summer at the cabin in Camp Sherman or Sun River. What a joy when 25 great-grandchildren began to arrive, and she became a Great Nana. We have celebrated five generations with 13 great-greats, who refer to her as their Greatest Nana. She was blessed and so are we.
She was a one-of-a-kind woman. We honor her wish to be laid to rest beside her husband, Myrl, and son, Maurie, in Bend. Her grandson, Chad Muggerud, is by her side and together they are happily visiting and singing with angels.
A private family burial at Pilot Butte Cemetery in Bend, Ore. will be held Saturday, January 19, 2013. Memorial contributions can be made to Allied Christian Foundation, 2408 Heritage Way, Medford, OR 97504.