Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh (Cathy) was born and raised in Omaha Nebraska. Growing up in the 1950’s brought with it certain innocence. Cathy had eight brothers and sisters all of them attending St. Pius X Grade School followed by later having to work at the age of 14 to afford tuition at the local Catholic High Schools. Cathy and her siblings were all heavily influenced by their mother, Dorothy. She was a tough woman who had a strong love of her Catholic faith and her family. She prayed the rosary daily. She gathered almost every day at her kitchen table with her children to laugh, tease, cry, argue, pray, and discuss the world they all lived in. Dorothy was a writer and was thrilled to see Cathy go that direction. “Say that word three times in a sentence and you will own it.”
Cathy moved to Oregon to further her education and while there met her husband Jack. Marrying Jack gave her an instant family, a daughter Christina and a son Jack. Shortly after they were married her husband developed a heart condition followed by many surgeries. In 1981 she added to her family when she had a daughter Laura Anne. Three years later Jack was injured at work. His injuries required numerous surgeries followed by a massive stroke while recovering from one of his surgeries ultimately leaving him disabled.
At the time Cathy was beginning a career in Underwriting Insurance. The need to keep the family going required her to further her career in insurance. They succeeded in raising all three children to adulthood with marriages and families. Five ½ years ago Cathy was laid off from insurance and one week later was diagnosed with cancer. She and her husband sold their house and moved in with her sister while she recovered from cancer. She found a job six months later and settled back into a full time job with plans to retire at 66. Writing a book entitled “Hail Mary, Pray for us Sinners, Pleeeease!” was the beginning of Cathy’s writing career. It sparked an interest to continue writing. Finding Tuscany Press set the writing bug off and running. Eight articles and one short story later, Cathy has found her voice in writing with Catholic Fiction. “I hope to retire soon and devote all my time to writing. My mother always dreamed of being published. I’m hoping to fulfill that dream for her.”