A celebration of life for Cathy Coleman will be held on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 10 a.m. at Cathy’s arena, 15 miles east of Hwy. 59 on Hwy. 450, in Wright, WY with Pastor Brad Powell of the Gillette Berean Church officiating.
Catherine Elizabeth Errington Coleman, age 46, of Wright, WY lost her courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010 at Campbell County Memorial Hospital.
Cathy was born on Aug. 14, 1963, in Salinas, CA, the youngest daughter of four children to Charles and Pat Lang Errington. Her family lived on the Peach Tree Ranch in Central California until she was three years old. After moving several times in California, Oregon and Idaho, they settled in Gillette, WY in 1974. She graduated from Campbell County High School in 1982, where she participated in basketball, volleyball, track and powder puff football. Cathy was active in 4-H and showed both beef and horses.
After graduation, she started her lifelong dream of training Reined Cow Horses working for Kenny Pugh. She worked for several horse trainers over the years in Colorado, Oklahoma and Iowa, but she always returned to her own arena east of Wright, WY, which she always loved and considered home.
Cathy married Ted Coleman on December 31, 1992, and became step-mom to two beautiful girls, Cara and Cyla. She had enormous success in her career, competing at the highest levels of national competition from the Snaffle Bit Futurity to the World’s Greatest Horseman (as the first female competitor), contributing her success to several people including Sandy Collier, Glenn Barlow, Clint Lay, Frank Kenzy and the support of her husband and family.
Cathy loved kids and there was never a kid that didn’t love her. Cathy enjoyed teaching others and sharing her knowledge at cowhorse clinics. She was a great friend and competitor in the cowhorse industry. She loved people and will leave a big hole in many lives. She will be missed by all.
Cathy is survived by her husband, Ted Coleman of Wright, WY; stepdaughters: Cara (Jay) Miller of Nephi, UT and Cyla Coleman of Orange, TX; two grandsons; mother, Pat Errington; sister, Cheri Carter of Gillette, WY; brothers: Todd (Joy Mathews) Errington and Rick (Laurie) Errington, all of Wright, WY; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and a lifetime of fabulous friends whom she considered family.
She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Errington.
As newly elected President of the Wyoming Reined Cowhorse Association (WRCHA), Cathy focused on producing an outstanding Futurity this fall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the WRCHA, 13665 Hwy. 59 N, Gillette, WY, 82716. Memorials and condolences may be sent in Cathy’s name in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716 or via the Internet at http://www.gillettememorialchapel.com.
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