In Memory

CHAPTER CHAPLAINS: Send your names and pictures of deceased members to the president for inclusion in this memory page.

Donations for Memorials will also be listed. 

 Remember Our Special Friends
Lost to Us, But Not Forgotten


Catherine (Cathy) McGraw was called to our Lord suddenly on February 3, 2020 at the age of 77. Cathy served in the US Navy and while serving she met the love of her life. Her husband was killed on an air search in Guam. She and her two boys returned to California. She worked for 35 years and retired from the California state Employment Department. She traveled extensively as well she visited all 7 continents.

She was an active person and no grass grew under her feet. She was a Deacon of her church as well sang in the choir. Cathy was founding member of the Riverside, California (Chapter 13) Society of Military Widows. Cathy served SMW in many leadership positions at the local and National level. She was currently serving as the national president of SMW.

Cathy was a kind and loving lady and was treasured by those who knew her and worked with her. She never spoke badly of anyone. Cathy always looked forward to the annual conventions so she could see her SMW sisters. At the conventions, she would give out hugs and say “It is so good to see you”.

Cathy was a beautiful and devoted person to SMW. She has touched many lives and let’s keeps her spirit alive.

Cathy, we want to thank you for all your support for all of these years. You will be truly missed.

Alicia Gonzalez was called to our Lord on June 28, 2020 at the age of 91. She was a delightful person in and out as well as a gracious lady and carried it with style. At this time no service has been scheduled. Alicia held many position in SMW and was President of Chapter 14, Tucson AZ until her health was fading. She was a spitfire and will be missed by all. She always ended with God Bless You.

Lost and Not Forgotten, 2019:

CHAPTER #6 - Lawton, OK
Arieto Wharry
Goldie Holt

CHAPTER #13 - Riverside, CA
Chris Westphal
Rose Calhoun
Joyce Cooper
Jeannie Jeffords
Marge Tomlinson 

CHAPTER # 14 - Tucson, AZ
Judith Wetzel
Sybille Stanford
Louella Thornton

CHAPTER # 15 - Colorado Springs, CO
Rosemarie Clarke
Arnola Schiro

CHAPTER # 28 - Wichita, KS
Espemola Fort

CHAPTER # 35 - Tampa, FL
Emma Dennard
Kathleen Kuhl
Sophia Irwin
CHAPTER # 37 - Washington State
Hilde Hume