BOONE Our beloved Mother, Catherine Cavalier Snyder Davidson, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in Boone. Catherine was born Nov. 17, 1924, in Sparta, Ill., to the late Frank Cavalier and Geneva Dewitt Cavalier. She was mother to Margaret Snyder Stumb (C.L. Stumb, aka Curly) of Blowing Rock; Mary Snyder (Tommy Fondren) of Durham, and Charles Michael Snyder of Durham; and grandmother to Aaron, Eric, and Adam Stumb, Michael and David Fondren, and Olivia and Ava Snyder. She was the older sister to seven siblings, including two who preceded her in death (Robert Cavalier of Corryton, Tenn and Ronnie Cavalier [Gladys] of Sparta). Her remaining siblings include Mary Cavalier (John "Jack" Kent) of Huntington Beach, Calif., Richard Cavalier (Doris) of Sparta, Frank Cavalier (Patricia) of Santa Cruz, Calif., Jane Magill of Paris, Ky., and Caroline Cavalier (Mike Gilpin) of Springfield, Ill. Catherine was wife to Charles M. Snyder (deceased) and Joe Davidson (deceased). Berea College in Berea, Ky., was Catherine's alma mater and is where she met her husband, Charles. She was a proud member and officer of the American Association of University Women for many years. By example, she instilled in her children the desire to seek knowledge, to love nature and to cherish the beauty of this earth. Catherine was a long-time resident of Morganton before her move to Charlotte. She spent several of her last years with her daughter, Mary, in Durham, before her more recent move to Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living in Boone. During her life she was a member of St. Charles Borromeo, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and Holy Infant. She valued her church and lived as a faithful servant. Her volunteer work gave her great satisfaction, particularly the visitation program for residents at Broughton Hospital. She loved to make the world a more beautiful place. She did this by adding her lovely voice to her church and various community choirs. Her planting and care of flowers exemplified in symbolic expression her love for the people around her. She could be counted on for knowing the common and Latin names of most flowers. Many will remember her raucous laughter ringing out with enthusiasm. The family will receive friends from 12 to 1 p.m., Monday, May 27, at Sossoman Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., in the Colonial Chapel of the funeral home, with Father Ken Whittington officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery. Her family would like to thank the loving staff at Deerfield Ridge and Medi Home Health and Hospice. As our mother loved flowers, they are welcome, or you may give a donation to The Alzheimer's Association or a charity of your choice in her name. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.sossomanfh.com.

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