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Cathy Ann (Behling) Hammond
May 8, 1958 ~ January 11, 2024 (age 65) 65 Years Old
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Surrounded by her loving family, Cathy Ann Hammond, age 65, passed peacefully in her home into the arms of our Lord, on January 11, 2024. Cathy courageously battled breast cancer for six and a half years, never once wavering in her faith. Cathy was a loving and devoted wife of 44 years and a mother who always put the needs of others before her, even if that meant going without for herself. Cathy loved her husband, Pete, children, and grandchildren with all her heart.
Cathy (Behling) Hammond, was born to Jim and Margie (Erber) Behling, on May 8, 1958, in Charlevoix, Michigan. Cathy graduated from Boyne City High School in 1976 and was top 10 in her class. On June 2, 1979, Pete and Cathy were married at Christ Lutheran Church. Cathy opened an at-home daycare after the birth of their daughter, Courtney.
Cathy provided childcare services to families in the East Jordan, Michigan area for 34 years. Her dedication, compassion, and love for the families and children she provided care for throughout these years was a blessing that didn’t go unnoticed. Cathy provided families with a loving environment where their children could learn and grow. Cathy connected with each family as she helped guide parents through the many stages of raising children.
Cathy truly loved to spend time in the UP, with her loving husband Pete, picking blueberries and enjoying the peace and quiet that the UP provided. Cathy also enjoyed spending time working in her flower garden during the spring and summer months. During retirement, Cathy loved to read, play challenging mind games with her son on the phone, complete puzzles, speak with her daughter multiple times a day, and spend as much time with her grandchildren as possible.
Cathy will forever be remembered for her faith, patience, kind heart, love for her family, and putting others first. She will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved her.
Cathy is preceded in death by her brother Robin Behling, sister-in-law Patti O’Malley, as well as aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Cathy is survived by her husband, Pete Hammond, children, Peter (Lindsay) Hammond, and Courtney (Mike) Hagbom, stepdaughter Mandy (Mike) Peterson, grandchildren; Vivian, Vanessa, Valleri & Vincent Hammond, Landon & Peyton Hagbom, Lauren and Tanner Peterson, parents, Jim & Margie Behling, sister Terrie (Gil) Redmer, and mother-in-law Dorthy Hammond.
Visitation will be on January 20th, 2024 from 9-11 am at Christ Lutheran Church in Boyne City, Michigan. Service to immediately follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Christ Lutheran Church of Boyne City or Challenge Mountain of Boyne City.
Arrangements are in the care of Stackus Funeral Home of Boyne City, Michigan.