Catherine Ann (Daly) Miniken passed on May 10, 2017 at the age of 98 years and 6 months. She was born in Seattle, Washington to Malachy and Annie (Harrington) Daly on October 24, 1918. Her mother passed at childbirth, and her twin brother Joseph passed shortly thereafter. Catherine's older brother, James Patrick Daly was three years old at that time. Catherine and James spent their younger years at the Murphy farm in Sumner, Washington, which was a good Irish home where they learned many life skills and valuable lessons.
Catherine, James, and their father later moved into a home in West Seattle built by their father. She graduated from West Seattle High School in 1936. Catherine married the love of her life John (Jack) Donovan Miniken at Holy Rosary on August 23, 1941. To this union three children were born: John Michael, Harry James, and Mary Kay. At Jack's suggestion, Malachy moved in with the newly married couple and lived with them until he passed in 1980.
Catherine and Jack loved being with their friends and enjoyed camping, fishing, crabbing, picnicking and doing anything in the great outdoors. They especially enjoyed picking blackberries and going mushroom hunting. Catherine was an avid swimmer and
never missed an opportunity to swim with her "swim group" on a regular basis.
Catherine enjoyed traveling and experiencing new places. She took a memorable trip to Singapore and visited many places in The Orient. Hawaii was also a favorite place to go with her sister-in-law Joyce Miniken and her friend Marie Anderson. Marie Anderson also accompanied her on a trip to Florida to visit her brother James Patrick Daly and take in Disneyworld too. Taking a helicopter ride on one of her trips to Alaska with her niece, Joan Daly, was also another highlight in her life. While Harry James was stationed in Germany, Catherine and Jack came to visit on two separate occasions. Of course, Catherine was always ready to go to Westport, Washington. She loved laying in the sun and getting Dungeness Crab to make crab cocktails. Catherine was the Manager for the 8th Floor Restaurant at Frederick & Nelson Department Store for many years until she retired.
Catherine enjoyed preparing Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for her family and did it well into her 80s, so much so, she had a hard time passing the tradition onto the next generation! She always included a homemade baked apple pie using the apples grown in her own backyard. It wasn't a holiday or family gathering without one of Grandma's pies! Catherine's strawberry and raspberry freezer jams were another treat, along with homemade cookies.
Catherine was always independent so it was difficult when she had to move into Assisted Living at Stafford Suites in Kent, Washington in October 2012. She thought she wouldn't like it, but she ended up having more fun there than she ever imagined, and she never stayed in her room! She loved playing Bingo and Uno and attended the exercise group and went on most of the fun outings and dining outs. She liked going to Emerald Downs to have breakfast or lunch with the jockeys. The Black Diamond Bakery was also a favorite.
Catherine was always a take-charge lady that lived her life to the fullest each and every day - a woman born "ahead of her time." She always had a to-do list and a timeframe in which it needed to be done. Catherine had a generous and kind heart; she left an indelible mark on all who had the good fortune to know her.
Catherine was preceded in death by her husband Jack; brothers Joseph and James; sister-in-law Joyce and brother-in-law Harry Joseph. She is survived by her children; John Michael (Claudie); Harry James (Frances); Mary Kay; 8 grandchildren; David, Bettyanne, Sean, Derrick, Tyson, Nathan, Michael, James; 11 great-grandchildren; Reagan, Riley, Kristina, David, Michaela, Kahri, Connor, Reiker, Jennaca, Kyra, Jameson; 2 great-great grandsons; Rowan and Preston, 2 nieces; Eileen and Joan Daly;
cousins; Crowley's, Donovan's, Manning's, O'Leary's, O'Neill's.
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