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Obituary for Mary "Cathy" Gause

Mary Catherine (Cathy) Gause, age 69, of Roanoke, Virginia, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, after a long battle with Alzheimers Disease.

Cathy was born September 24, 1954 to the late Dr. William Edward Gause and Gertrude Jenkins Gause in Columbia, SC. She was a graduate of the University of South Carolina and a member of Chi Omega, the Eta Gamma Chapter. After graduation, Cathy made her home in Columbia, SC and later made her home in Roanoke, VA.

In 2007, Cathy spent the next 8 years managing the Senate Office of Senator Ralph Smith. Cathy also served in various offices of the Republican Party including President of the Botetourt Republican Women, Treasurer of the Roanoke County Committee, and Vice Chair of the 6th District Congressional Committee.

Cathy is survived by her devoted companion, Ralph K. Smith of Roanoke, VA, daughters, Catherine Coffer (Hunter) of Columbia, SC and Jennifer Butler (Jim) of Richmond, VA, grandchildren, Lauren Bray Ramsey, Mary Wells Ramsey, Allie Butler, Jack Butler, Addie Coffer and Barrett Coffer; her brother, Bill Gause of Columbia, SC, sister, Ann Culpepper (Wright) of St. Simons Island, GA, and nephews, Wright Culpepper (Jenn), Bill Culpepper (Lindsey), Will Gause (Ashley), niece, Catherine Ann Culpepper and aunt, Emma McElveen Laffitte.

The family wishes to express their thanks to Jeanne and her great team for the past 6 years at Jeanne’s Elderly Care.

A Service celebrating Cathy’s life will be held at noon on Saturday, March 16, 2024 in the Faith Chapel of First Baptist Church Roanoke, 321 Marshall Ave, SW, Roanoke, VA 24016 with Dr. Bryan Smith and the Rev. Dr. Wright Culpepper officiating. A time of receiving friends will be prior to the service from 10 am until noon at the church.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting Arrangements are by Oakey’s Roanoke Chapel (540.982.2100).

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