She was born March 27, 1930, in Catawba, Wis., the daughter of John and Christine (Raab) Herber. She grew up on the family dairy farm and graduated from high school at Catawba.
She moved to Rockford, Ill., where she married Gene Patrick "Pat" Nelson on Oct. 11, 1952. They moved to Kansas in 1958 and settled on a farm north of Walnut. He preceded her in death in 1972.
Cathy married Dale Cox in 1987 and they stayed in the Walnut area. He died in 2002.
She was a member of the Hepler Lutheran Church. Cathy enjoyed birds, reading, watching television, cooking, sewing for her children and babysitting her grandchildren and other children in her area.
Survivors include her three children, Albert Nelson and Cathy Lunday of Stark, Kan., Lori Holman and husband Mike of Moran, Kan., and Peggy Stewart and Kirby Stokes of LaHarpe, Kan.; one brother, Henry Herber of Phillips, Wis.; three sisters, Lillian Robinson and Rosemary Schoenfelder and husband Bill all of Rockford, Ill., and Shirley Marlow of Sussex, Wis.; one sister-in-law, Eileen Yoho of Stark, Kan.; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews
She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, two grandsons, Jesse Lee Holman and Raymond Cassingham, a great-grandson, Morgan Raymond Stewart, a son-in-law, David Stewart, and three brothers-in-law, Wayne Yoho, Raymond Marlow and Tex Robinson.
Funeral service is at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 25, 2012, at the Waugh-Yokum and Friskel Chapel in Iola, Kan. Burial is at Mt. Moriah Cemetery south of Savonburg, Kan.
Memorial gifts may be made out to Moran Manor Activity Fund or Life Retracking Recovery House. Memorial gifts may be left with the Waugh-Yokum and Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola, which is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences for the family may be left at, www.iolafuneral.com.