Cathy Joann Reece

1958 - 2024

Cathy Joann Reece
September 27, 1958 – March 2, 2024

Cathy Joann Reece of Elkin, North Carolina, aged 65, passed away peacefully on March 2, 2024, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

Born on September 27, 1958, in Catawba County, NC, Cathy was the beloved daughter of Lois Cook Pritchard of Elkin, North Carolina.

She is survived by her son, Michael Reece, and his wife, Erin Clark Reece; her daughter, Carey Beth Reece; and her cherished grandchildren: Enan, Clara, Vega, Brooklynn, and Carter. Cathy’s memory will also be held dear by her surviving brother, David Pritchard, and his wife, Michelle Pritchard; her sister, Donna Poe, and her husband, Billy Combs; her brothers-in-law, Michael Arnder (husband of late brother Robert) and Alan Norman (husband of late sister Sheri). She also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles, and friends who will miss her dearly.

She was predeceased by her husband, James Larry Reece, and her siblings: Robert Pritchard, Sheri Norman, Allen Pritchard, Shelly Pritchard, and Gina Pritchard.

Cathy received her education from Appalachian State University and went on to serve the Surry County Department of Social Services for over three decades until her retirement in 2013. Cathy’s colleagues remember her for her consistent dedication to the citizens of Surry County and compassionate leadership. Most recently, she enjoyed her post-retirement employment with the U.S. Census Bureau, where she found joy in connecting with members of her community.

Cathy was a loving and devoted daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, and friend. She spent much of her time with loved ones, especially her mother and great-nephew, Devon Poe, with whom she shared a special bond. Cathy’s face would light up with warmth and affection whenever she was with her precious grandchildren, lived for moments spent with them and ensured they were always surrounded by her boundless love. She was known for her hard-working and tireless spirit and love of nature. Cathy was exceptionally rare in her kindness and willingness to listen to others with warmth and support and will forever be in our hearts.


9 tributes for Cathy Joann Reece

  1. Jane and Jackie Lewis

    We worked with Cathy at DSS for many years. She was always a ray of sunshine with her warm smile and loving ways. She was so proud of her children and grandchildren. Her face lit up at the mention of them! We pray that they will find peace in this time of loss. Jane and Jackie lew

  2. Dawn Bowles

    My life was blessed to have know Cathy. I met and worked with her at DSS of Surry Co. She was a wonderful friend and always had encouraging and kind words.

  3. Anita Bowlen

    Cathy was not only my supervisor but she was my best friend. She was always fair to everyone. I will miss her so much. I love you Cathy.

  4. Vicky Creed

    Cathy was a sweet person! I worked with her at DSS! She was always had a smile on her face. We had a great time working together. She will be missed. Sorry for your loss!

  5. Joan Dellinger

    Such a special lady. She always was so kind and a wonderful friend. In our thoughts and prayers

  6. Ramona Parker

    Cathy was a blessing to all who knew her. She always inspired you to do your best. Cathy often spoke of her children & grandchildren which always brought a smile / glow to her face. While she was my supervisor previously Cathy was most importantly my friend. I will truly miss her. My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with Cathy’s children and family. May the LORD help them all to find peace and unity in Cathy’s passing as I know she would want.

  7. Linda Easter

    I am so sorry for your loss. Cathy was a great supervisor. She will be missed

  8. Ruth Towe Love

    Cathy was my supervisor for a long time and I loved her as my friend. She was always kind and always smiling and laughing. She will be missed by a lot of people. My prayers to the family that God will comfort you and give you peace at this difficult time. Michael, Beth and grandchildren, she loved you dearly.

  9. Davina norman

    Cathy was my Aunt I love her very much she help me through the passing of my mother and her sister sheri norman she always gave the best advice and was always there to help me with what ever I needed she always wanted what was best for everyone I will miss her so much she was a very special and kind soul she loved her kids and daughter in law and grandkids she was very proud to be there grandma and she was so proud of each of her grandchildren she was always showing me pictures she took with them and telling me stories about her having such a great time with her kids daughter in law and all 5 of her grandkids she loved her family very much she was there for my dad after my mother passed away every day she would call daddy and check on him and remind him of important appointments and make sure he was doing ok and she would also check on me daily to see how I was doing i will miss my beautiful kind funny outgoing Aunt she will be greatly missed I love you Cathy


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