Catherine was born on March 21, 1925 in the Ruby Valley, daughter of Martin and Agnes Simonsen. She was one of 10 children. Catherine was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Jens Peter, Martin, Howard, John, and Tom; and sisters (infants), Anna Marie and Betty Jeanette.
She spent the majority of her life in the Ruby Valley. She had a brief stay in California during WWII working in a factory producing rocket bomb parts. She married Edward Doornbos in 1947. Together they raised three children.
Catherine wore many hats during her life time including a wife, sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, LPN at Ruby Valley Hospital, and recorder for Madison County. She enjoyed all of them as well as the many friends she made along the way but most especially that of a great grandmother. In her retirement, she kept busy reading her bible, making quilts for her family and working crossword puzzles.
She is survived by her three children, Andrea (John) Hammerman, Daniel (Janet) Doornbos, and Marty (Bruce) Masiak; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Agnes Bell; brother, Ken (Joyce) Simonsen; and sister-in-law, Marlys Simonsen (Jens Peter).
Catherine was extremely grateful for the care that she received from Dr. Molly Biehl, Nurse Valerie and all the staff at the Tobacco Root Mountains Care Center following her relocation in June of 2015.
Family and friends are invited to join the family in the celebration of Catherine’s life at Christ Church on June 26th at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Christ Episcopal Church, St Paul’s Episcopal Church or the Alder Community Center.