Monday, January 2, 2012


Catherine Jane Midgley Sorenson, 1949 – 2011. On December 31, 2011, Cathy’s courageous fight with cancer ended and she returned home to her Heavenly Father. Cathy was born March 23, 1949 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Frank Park and Nedra Midgley, the sixth of eight children. From an early age, Cathy had a special relationship with her parents and valued family. Some of her fondest childhood memories were visiting her grandparents in California and their visits to Utah. In 1967, Cathy graduated from East High School in Salt Lake City. After some schooling in Chicago, she returned to Salt Lake where she continued to work until she met Jay Parson Sorenson. She and Jay were married on May 20, 1977 and he has been her eternal companion since that time. Cathy and Jay quickly started a family and are parents to five children. Her family, including her husband, five children, their spouses, and her eight grandchildren were the center of her life as she was an amazing wife, mom, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Cathy was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, serving many in her church. She had an incredible faith in Jesus Christ and passed this faith and legacy on to her family. Cathy was a gifted artist. For the past seven years, Cathy and Jay had a booth at Swiss Days where she sold her designer gourds, each year winning an award for outstanding booth. Cathy loved nature, especially drives in the mountains with her family. Cathy loved vacations, especially trips to the east coast and Pennsylvania Dutch country. Cathy was a great cook and left many recipes to her family that will always make us think of her. More than anything else, Cathy loved many and was loved by many and will not be forgotten. The family wishes to thank the many doctors and caregivers who cared for Cathy throughout the last year and a half. Cathy is preceded in death by her parents and sister, Elizabeth. Cathy is survived by her husband, five children, Grace (Mark) Daniels, Jamie (Misa), Park (Anna), Cate (Spencer) Brown, and Elliot (Andrea), eight grandchildren, and six siblings. Funeral services will be held at the Canyon Rim 4th Ward, 3051 S 2900 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84109 on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Viewings will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Cottonwood Mortuary, 4670 S Highland Drive, Holladay, UT 84117, and from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the Canyon Rim 4th Ward, 3051 S 2900 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84109.

Also the Obituary should run in local papers on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.


  1. So privileged to get to know Kathy through her son, Jamie. She leaves behind an amazing legacy of work, family values, and creativity. I imagine her looking back on this earthly experience pleased with her journey and hopeful for all that lays in store for her and her family.
    Much love to you all,
    Jody Matsumori

  2. Cathy will always be remembered by me as a kind and generous woman. God bless you and your family at this time. Melonie Cannon

  3. Katie Anderson ChristensenJanuary 2, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Cathy is something special.  She will be remembered and loved forever by many who were blessed to know her. She taught me in the Young Women's organization of the LDS church and I still have and cherish the beautifully crafted lesson handouts that she invested much time and love into to help us to remember who we are, daughters of a loving Heavenly Father. She shared her wisdom, her fun and admirable spontaneity at camp, her laugh, her good hearted children, and her compassion. I send my love to her beautiful family and children and believe that they will honor her legacy as they have each inherited her pure and gracious heart. I love you Cathy.

  4. What an amazing woman. Nearly 20 years ago, my mom was fighting cancer, and Cathy was a constant, loving support to her. I can attest to her being a good cook- our family ate many of her meals during that time, and felt her love and generosity first hand.

  5. Cathy was a wonderful woman. She always went out of her way to say hello. She always made me feel important as I grew up around her and her family. I wish the best to her great family.

  6. Cathy was already an angel while on this earth, a celestial example for us all. May heaven bless you and your family at this time. Love you.

  7. Cathy is and will always be my idol! She was EVERYTHING amazing all rolled up into one incredible little lady! She was truly an angel, always doing everything for everyone else.

    I spent a lot of time with the Sorensons! If I wasn't at my house, I was at theirs! Cathy was like a second mom to me and I will never forget all that she taught me. I've always wanted to be just like her when I grow up :) May we all go forward with her example! I can't wait to see you again Cathy!

    I love you Jay, Grace, Jamie, Park, Cate & Elliot!
    Love and prayers,

  8. I am so grateful that you and Brock have been friends so that I could get to know your wonderful mother. At our "missionary mom's" get togethers she was always so thrilled to talk about the good things you were doing and learning in Brazil. At that time I could tell what a special woman she was. She even took the time to make all of the mothers' Christmas gifts one year. Everyone felt special with her. If you share, I would love to get her hot chocolate recipe, as that is a meaningful memory Brock has of her. She has left a wonderful example for all of us to strive to be like. Our prayers are with your family.