Cathy Anne Tompkins

July 03, 1949 - September 14, 2019

Cathy Anne Tompkins

Cathy Anne Tompkins, 70, of Fannett, died Saturday, September 14, 2019, at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston. She was born on July 3, 1949, in Beaumont, to Wanna B Rhodes and Clifford Frederick.

The oldest of nine siblings, Cathy grew up in a rambunctious, but loving home. Cathy attended school in South Park, where she met her husband, Tim, in the eighth grade. They were smitten from there on out and exemplified the true definition of love throughout their 51-year-marriage.

Cathy, known to most as “Nana,'' has been the matriarch of the family, for both her siblings and her own children, grandchildren and great-grandchild. She was the guidance that kept everyone on track, the support that lifted everyone up, and the glue that held everyone together.

Cathy enjoyed spending time with her family and made every function that she possibly could. She was heavily involved at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, where she was a eucharistic minister and a faithful helper at every Knights of Columbus event. Most recently, she spent her free time quilting and relaxing at her and her husband’s “villa” near the Frio River in Concan, Texas.

Survivors include her husband, Tim Tompkins; son, Jeremy Tompkins and his wife, Carrie, of Vidor; daughter, Samantha Richard and her husband, Jared, of Fannett; grandchildren, Tori Valigura and her husband, Taylor; Katelyn Smith; Cole Tompkins; Luke Richard; and Camryn Tompkins; great-granddaughter, Avery Smith; brother, Mike Frederick and his wife, Sharon, of Fannett; sister, Karen Lombardo and her husband, Frank, of Lumberton; brothers, Mark Frederick and his wife, Brenda, of Beaumont; Phillip Frederick and his wife, Lori, of Orangefield; and Timothy Frederick of Georgetown; sister, Stacie Sandoval and her husband, Jeff, of League City; brother, Chris Frederick and his wife, Amy, of Bevil Oaks; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Randy Frederick.

A gathering of Mrs. Tompkins’ family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., with a Rosary recited at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 9894 Gilbert Road, Fannett. Her interment will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105 or Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas, 2780 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, Texas 77703.


Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - Major Dr.
1605 N. Major Drive Beaumont, TX 77713
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Broussard's Mortuary - Major Dr.
1605 N. Major Drive Beaumont, TX 77713
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
6:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Mary Catholic Church
9894 Gilbert Road Beaumont, TX 77705
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
10:00 a.m.
Oak Bluff Memorial Park
618 Block Port Neches, TX 77651

Comments (24)

  • Phyllis Mason Hunter

    21 September 2019 at 18:13 | #

    prayers for strength and healing to the entire family, and especially my classmate Stacie. There’s nothing quite like the love of a sister. I worked in the office at MacArthur Middle School as a student when Mrs Tompkins was secretary. We all loved her and I appreciated her kindness to me and all the other students and staff at the school. ❤️


  • Patrice Rabalais

    19 September 2019 at 13:40 | #

    Cathy and I worked together at McArthur Middle School. She was always there to lending helping hand and her ears to listen. Her bright smile greeted us each day.


  • Kenneth Brannan

    18 September 2019 at 23:38 | #

    Prayers for you and your family at this difficult time . So sorry to hear of your loss.


  • leigh Jordan

    18 September 2019 at 12:37 | #

    So saddened by the loss of Cathy. She was a wonderful lady inside and out. Not only did I get to know her through St. Mary Catholic Church, I also had the pleasure of getting to know her more as a coworker at Provost Umphrey. I will miss her greatly! God Bless you Tim and family. You are all in my prayers, Love, Leigh


  • Kathryn Malley Hinojosa

    17 September 2019 at 21:10 | #

    To the Family of Cathy Tompkins, so sorry for you loss. My prayers and sympathy to all of you. Cathy was such a wonderful Lady and I truly enjoyed being around her during our years in PTA when our children were in school together. God called his Angel home in Heaven to be with him and one day we will be there to be with Cathy. I know her family have many wonderful stories and memories. Cathy touched many people's lives and I feel Blessed to have known Cathy. Kathryn Malley Hinojosa


  • Brandy McMilian

    17 September 2019 at 18:47 | #

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God give you all strength through this very difficult time.


  • Ronnie Marino

    17 September 2019 at 03:14 | #

    Tim and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I have had the pleasure of knowing Cathy from first grade at Assumption school. She was just simply the nicest person that you would ever want to meet. I always enjoyed talking with her at our many South Park reunions. I know that you will miss her very much. My prayers go out to all the family.


  • Angela Downs Chesnutt

    16 September 2019 at 16:08 | #

    During this sorrowful time, I will keep Cathy's husband, children, grandchildren, and all her siblings in my prayers. May you all be recipients of God's peace that surpasses understanding. I pray that each special treasured and cherished memory will bring comfort to you all in the days and weeks and months to come. Being first born in a large family inherently brings a sense of responsibility. In reading of Cathy it sounds as she fulfilled her
    responsibilities tenfold and has left a legacy that would make any woman proud as she must have been of each and every one of you. I pray that you all cling to one another during this time and forever more. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless you all.


  • Ashlee Frost

    16 September 2019 at 15:04 | #

    I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Cathy at Provost Umphrey for years. She was a sweet lady and will definitely be missed. Prayers of peace and strength to all of the family.


  • Linda & Alfred Woods

    16 September 2019 at 13:03 | #

    A Beautiful person In Deed!. Tim , Our love and prayers goes out to you and the entire family. Seems like just yesterday we were all getting together for those fun times on Charlotte Drive. Love you all - Linda & Alfred Woods


  • Betty and Corky Peebles

    16 September 2019 at 11:35 | #

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers.


  • Jenny Hamilton

    16 September 2019 at 01:27 | #

    The words of that old song, :Ain't no sunshine when your gone," come to mind when I consider the loss of Cathy's smile. She was a steady and good friend to many at Provost Umphrey Law Firm for many years. The news of her illness saddened everyone who knew her because to know her was to love and admire her. Kindness was her abundant asset and she shared it freely. My prayers continue for the family; for God's strength and perfect peace to fill you.


  • Wallace and Gwen Crossley

    16 September 2019 at 00:59 | #

    Tim we are very sorry to hear of Cathy's passing. You and your family are in our prayers. Our hearts break for you.


  • Darlie Molina

    15 September 2019 at 21:53 | #

    You all are in my prayers.


  • Thomas L. Dearbonne and Children

    15 September 2019 at 19:45 | #

    Our sincere condolences to the Tompkins Family and Friends. She was a very sweet and Beautiful woman. You all will be in our hearts and prayer now and for months to come. RIP Cathy!


  • Tom Schwab

    15 September 2019 at 19:24 | #

    Worked closely with Tim 10+ years ago.. Thought the world of him. Thought that his wife must be a lucky lady. Got to know Cathy and realized that Tim was the lucky one. Beautiful lady. Will truly be missed by all.


  • Fred & Terry McNiel

    15 September 2019 at 19:14 | #

    Heaven has gained another angel! This world was a better place because of Cathy! She loved her family, her friends, her church & most of all her God. We treasured Tim & Cathy's friendship & feel so blessed to call them our friends. Till we meet again.....


  • Ann Kotz

    15 September 2019 at 18:20 | #

    You will be missed, a beautiful lady, wonderful , mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, prayers for the family


  • Ronnie & Cindi Smith

    15 September 2019 at 17:40 | #

    She was such a beautiful, beautiful soul. We continue to pray for the family during this time though we know she is with the Father.


  • Mr. Mrs. Hermie Lanuza

    15 September 2019 at 03:32 | #

    We’re sorry for your loss. Praying for Her soul and thoughts and prayers for the whole family she left behind.


  • Phyllis Lee

    15 September 2019 at 03:29 | #

    Prayers and sympathy for the family. We worked together at MacArthur Jr. High. May she rest in peace in heaven in the arms of Jesus.


  • Simona Blanchard

    15 September 2019 at 03:23 | #

    So sorry for your loss


  • Steve and Ann Picou

    15 September 2019 at 01:20 | #

    Tim, our hearts are so saddened over the loss of your Beautiful and Awesome Cathy. We were so Blessed to have had her in our lives. She was an amazing woman. She never backed down from her fight against this terrible disease., just kept on going and was always trying to keep everyones spirits up. One of the bravest and sweetest friends we ever had the privilege of knowing. You and your wonderful family are in our prayers.


  • Charlotte Arceneaux

    14 September 2019 at 23:33 | #

    So sorry for your loss, Cathy was always such a sweet person (since grade school at Assumption.) May your memories help with your grief. Thinking of your family.


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