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“Judd, just learned of Cathy's passing. She was truly a good person and one I admired. I only learned where u lived when I saw the obituary about...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Barry Remington - Cedar Falls, IA

“Though I did not know Cathie, I can guess that she was a remarkable woman, given that she raised a remarkable Jessica. Courage and creativity galore,...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Ginalie Swaim - Iowa City, IA

“What a beautiful spirit. Cathie was an amazing person and has left a beautiful memory. I enjoyed their visits to the ranch in Montana. Enjoyed...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Kathy Newton McLane - Glendive, MT

“I remembered your mother always being kind and caring. She opened her home to me with open arms during my high school years and always made me feel...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Kelly Hol - Adel, IA - Classmate

“Such a loss. I remember Cathie as a positive, wonderful person. Always ready to take part in most adventures. Peace to Judd and family. ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Tim Davison - La Porte City, IA

“Judd and familySorry to hear about Cathie's passing, you are in my prayers and thoughts. ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Ann Williams - La Porte City

“Cathie was my best friend at Geneseo school in Iowa. About 7th grade our family moved to a farm near La Porte City, Iowa. I went back to the school...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Judy Wellner (Baum) - Louisville, TN

“Very sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort for you, your family and all her friends she touched in one way or another. ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Dawn Henry - Cedar Grove, WI

“Judd I am so sorry for your lose. I send my deepest regards to you and your family ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Mel Clarke - Newberg, OR

“Judd,I am so sorry to hear of Cathie's passing! She was a wonderful lady and I really enjoyed working with her as she helped developed our system at...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Val Schweiger - West Des Moines, IA


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Cathie Jane Newton Bristow has done almost everything a person can do in a single lifetime. She has been a life guard, daughter, fiber artist, cheerleader, fashion merchandiser, mother, scuba instructor, wife, computer application trainer, grandmother, database and accounting system designer, builder, and developer, artist, the president of two companies, horseback rider, swimmer, design manager for a high-end Des Moines-based clothing manufacturer, spinning and weaving demonstrator and instructor, and a 4-H county council member for Black Hawk County. I am sure we are forgetting many other remarkable pursuits.
Cathie was born in Waterloo on July 5, 1944 to Leslie Berry Newton and Geneva Mae Riley Newton. They lived in Cedar Rapids before moving to a farm in rural La Porte City about 1950. In 1960 the family, including brother Joel Leslie Newton and sister Julie Ann Newton McLaughlin moved to their new home at Newton Farms on Foulk Road also in rural La Porte City. Cathie attended Iowa State University and graduated in 1966, marrying Juddson La Verne Bristow of Mount Auburn on June 18, 1966. The couple moved to Des Moines, Iowa where she worked at Younkers in the downtown location and became extremely active in the Des Moines Weaver's Guild.
In 1970 Cathie and Judd started a family with Jessica Erin Bristow and followed in 1973 with Emily Jane Bristow Kauffman. In 1978 they moved to the family home south of Adel which allowed them the freedom to roam and enjoy a rural life similar to her childhood. While her daughters called her the second meanest mom in the world, she was secretly known by them as the most amazing, bestest mom in the world. Family life included swimming, horseback riding, gardening, spinning and dyeing homespun yarns, weaving, sewing, and a variety of artistic pursuits that she passed on to at least one of her daughters. Creativity was a major part of Cathie's individuality.
As the daughters grew up and moved on, Cathie and Judd flourished as travelers and scuba instructors. They traveled to Cuba, Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Roatan, Honduras, Dominica and a variety of other dive locations. They often traveled with Julie McLaughlin and her husband Mike and also went to western states for hiking excursions. In the 1990s Cathie and Judd began their own computer consulting business where Cathie necessarily acted as president, accountant, and human resources director while Judd looked pretty and did as he was told.
More recently Cathie and Judd doted upon their three granddaughters, Jenna Riley Kauffman, Cora Jane Kauffman, and Geneva Catharine Bristow, spoiling them rotten. This close family traveled together as frequently as possible joining Emily Jane on her honeymoon, traveling to Chicago, Colorado, and Disney World and spending every major holiday together between Iowa and Michigan. The love and respect Cathie instilled in her family made them closer than most other families could ever hope to dream of becoming.
Diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis, Cathie continued her generous spirit by participating in drug studies and not letting the disease stop her from enjoying travel and fun with her family. The strength of her spirit led her to survive well beyond her original prognosis, bringing joy to her granddaughters through much of their childhood. Cathie was surrounded by her husband, sister, brother-in-law, and daughters when she passed from this life to the next on September 23, 2016.
Cathie Bristow was preceded in death by mother Geneva and brother Joel. She is survived by father Leslie, sister Julie with husband Michael, sister-in-law Nancy, husband Judd, daughters Jessica and Emily with husband Jay and granddaughters Jenna, Cora, and Geneva as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. We take joy in our memories of our fabulous life with Cathie and all that she taught and inspired in us. A private family celebration of life service is being planned for a later date.