Cathy Crowder Graf

Born on December 1, 1949

Departed on December 12, 2016 and resided in Nashville, TN

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A longtime Metro educator of 3rd Graders passed away after a tenacious, but short battle with cancer on December 12th, 2016, shortly after her 67th Birthday. Mrs. Graf was a native of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee and a graduate of Lipscomb University. She was one of the youngest teachers hired to teach in Metro, beginning her career at Moses McKissack Elementary and then McCann Elementary.  She took time off to have her three children and lived in Troy, Alabama and Florence, Alabama. She was in the initial group of parents to help organize and revitalize Riverhill School in St Florian, Alabama. When she moved back to Nashville, she resumed her passion for teaching at Joelton Elementary and then spent 26 years teaching 3rd Grade at Charlotte Park Elementary, in west Nashville. Mrs. Graf was honored with Teacher of the Year at Charlotte Park twice. She received the national Bill Ellis Award at a ceremony in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This prestigious award is for excellence in practice and a commitment to all students, especially those with learning disabilities. She was also a concept presenter in Washington, DC at the National Education Conference sponsored by then First Lady Laura Bush.  She was most proud of her love of God, her family, and being a dedicated teacher and mentor. The students, families, some taught by Mrs. Graf for three generations, and co-workers enriched by her talents and altruistic personality, coupled with a warm and giving heart, are innumerable. She touched thousands of students and families in a positive and nurturing way.  Mrs. Graf was preceded in death by her parents Robert A. Crowder, Sr. and Melba Weatherman Crowder, both of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.  She is survived by her husband, Bob Graf; daughters Libby Boomer of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Cathryn Graf of Nashville, Tennessee; her son, Trey Graf (Rachel) of Franklin, Tennessee; and two grandchildren, Jake Boomer attending the University of Mississippi and Emerin Boomer attending Bard College at Simons Rock, Massachusetts.  She is also survived by her brother, Robert A. Crowder, Jr. MD (Jean Ann) of Old Hickory, Tennessee and two sisters Beth O’Neil (Michael) of Germantown, Tennessee and Amelia Crowder of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee as well as nieces and nephews.  There will be a celebration of “A LIFE WELL LIVED” at West Harpeth Funeral Home, 6962 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, Tennessee 37209.  Visitation from 4:00 to 6:00 and a brief memorial following on Friday, December 16th.  In lieu of flowers, the family humbly requests contributions be made in Cathy’s honor and memory to THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY or ALIVE HOSPICE OF NASHVILLE.

 

 

 

23 Comments to Cathy Crowder Graf

  1. Marianne Sipe
    December 13, 2016 7:09 pm

    So sorry to hear this. God bless her and her family. I only knew her for a short while but I knew right away she was special. My TN Volunteer fan and friend at Charlotte Park, rest in peace dear.
    Marianne Sipe

  2. Nancy Weatherman
    December 13, 2016 7:57 pm

    Cathy was only a baby the first time I held her in my arms. She was always special. My heart and prayers are with all of you. Indeed, a life very well lived.

  3. Suzanne Weatherman Tankersley
    December 13, 2016 8:13 pm

    My thoughts are with all the family during this time and my prayers are for comfort and healing! I love you all!

  4. Stephanie Skrivan-Birdwell
    December 13, 2016 9:38 pm

    I was blessed to teach at Charlotte Park for a brief time with Cathy. My prayers for her sweet family.

  5. Fay Eubank
    December 13, 2016 9:46 pm

    Dear Sweet Catherine,
    I am saddened to learn of your Mom’s passing. It is hard to lose your Mom. I will prAy for peace for you & your family in the coming months. May God’s love comfort you.

    Fay Eubank

  6. Rich and Deirdre Morris
    December 13, 2016 11:25 pm

    Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Candace (Gann) Trafelet
    December 13, 2016 11:55 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear this. She was my 3rd grade teacher at Charlotte Park many years ago and I still talk about how much I adored her. She was an absolutely beautiful person inside and out.

    • Libby Graf Boomer
      December 14, 2016 3:28 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing. We know she touched so many lives but it’s nice to hear from former students. She loved all her “children”

  8. Kelly
    December 14, 2016 1:37 am

    I was in her 3rd grade class at Charlotte Park 26 years ago. She was the best teacher I ever had. I never forgot her. In my thoughts and prayers . . .

    • Libby Graf Boomer
      December 14, 2016 3:29 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing. We know she touched so many lives but it’s nice to hear from former students. She loved all her “children”

  9. Ryan D.
    December 14, 2016 5:03 pm

    Mrs. Graf was the best teacher I ever had! I was in her 3rd grade class at Charlotte Park over 20 years ago. She had such a kind soul. She encouraged me and other students all of the time. I would go visit her often even through my high school and college years. She did a great work with her time here and I am blessed to have spent some time with her. I’ll be praying for the family.

  10. Diane Bain
    December 14, 2016 9:03 pm

    My heart goes out to the family. Cathy Graf was an amazing woman. She taught my children in the 3rd grade. She always had a smile on her face and she loved all the children. I can remember her talking about her on personal children and that she loved her family so much. I was blessed to know her and thankful for what she taught my children. She is Sheltered in the Arms of God. Praying for the family. God Bless.

  11. Diane Bain
    December 14, 2016 9:03 pm

    My heart goes out to the family. Cathy Graf was an amazing woman. She taught my children in the 3rd grade. She always had a smile on her face and she loved all the children. I can remember her talking about her on personal children and that she loved her family so much. I was blessed to know her and thankful for what she taught my children. She is Sheltered in the Arms of God.

  12. Andrew Nguyen
    December 14, 2016 10:48 pm

    Sending condolences, hearts, and prayers to the Graf family. Me and my siblings all had her in 3rd grade. She was awesome to us and very close to our family. Hearing about this was very heartbreaking. I’m thankful we all knew her. I’m thankful she was part of CPES. I’m thankful for an awesome 3rd grade class that helped shape us into who we are and the many smiles she put on our faces. She is now in a better place, no longer fighting the pain in her life. God bless!

    • BOB GRAF
      December 15, 2016 9:25 am

      Andrew
      She thought so much of you and your family. she always talked so highly of your manners, intelligence and hard work
      the Nguyens were always foremost in her thoughts. Thank you for the comments and God bless you all.

  13. Ann Betz Odom
    December 14, 2016 11:55 pm

    Cathy and I were among the youngest in our class at Old Public Elementary School, with our December birthdays. I remember playing Barbies (the first Christmas they were introduced), tennis, and 45’s until High School. We had lost touch, but I thought about her fondly on December 1, and wondered where she lived. I’ll always remember her giggle!

  14. Jennifer Riddle Newell
    December 15, 2016 12:29 am

    Thoughts and prayers for all!
    I know she will be greatly
    Missed!
    May her soul rest in pease,
    God bless you all!

  15. Anit Boyd Freeman
    December 15, 2016 4:15 pm

    I have fond memories of Cathy when I taught at Charlotte Park. She was a very dedicated teacher and a valued friend. RIP Cathy. Job well done!

  16. Gaston Williams
    December 16, 2016 7:36 pm

    My beloved 3rd Grade Teacher @ McCann Elementary Cathy Graf. Being a teacher myself I often reflect & model the radiant smile she always greeted us with each morning. What a wonderful teacher, role model, mentor, fellow educator and friend. You were the BEST. Take you rest!

  17. Shavonne Smith
    December 17, 2016 5:32 am

    I taught with Mrs. Graf at Charlotte Park many years ago. As a brand new 3rd grade teacher she was so helpful and loving. I had a very challenging class and she was always there to provide support. She was truly a wonderful woman. I was so happy to see her at the MNPS Teacher of the Year banquet and she greeted me with her great smile and laugh! RIP Mrs. Graf

  18. Cheryl (Anderson) Piper
    December 27, 2016 9:11 am

    Ms. Graf was my 3rd grade teacher at Charlotte Park nearly 30 years ago, and one of my favorite teachers of all-time. As her student, I recall that she liked candy corn. I visited her at Charlotte Park periodically over the years, and would bring her candy corn. Now, I’m not sure if she really liked candy corn or not, but she always was excited to see me and thankful for the small gift. She was the best.

    My thoughts and prayers are with her family. Peace be with you.

    • Cathryn Graf
      December 29, 2016 4:04 pm

      Thank-you so much for your kind words Cheryl. She loved candy corn and she loved seeing you over the years. Your thoughts and prayers are so appreciated!

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