Cathy Grimes Memorial

Memorial contribution page for Catherine Elizabeth Grimes

Catherine Elizabeth Grimes was an inspiration to every person that was fortunate enough to know her, including family, friends, classmates, teammates, clients and others. Regardless of where they came from or how they came to know her, Cathy had a way of making everyone in her life feel like they were her best friend.

A 1997 graduate of Terre Haute North Vigo High School, she motivated classmates and teammates with her tireless work ethic, spending as many as 15 hours a day at school while balancing outstanding academics and overlapping practices for the swimming and diving, cheerleading, gymnastics and track teams. Her hard work translated into consistent and outstanding athletic performances. Cathy was a 2-time Indiana state finalist in diving, placing 3rd in her senior year. She won multiple sectional championships in the high jump and advanced to the state finals. As a junior, she was a member of the national runner-up North Patriot cheer team; when not competing with the cheer team, she cheered on the football, basketball and other teams for all four years at North. In addition to her accomplishments in the classroom and athletic world, Cathy was very popular amongst classmates who selected her as the Junior Prom Queen and as a Senior Fall Homecoming attendant.

Cathy continued to excel in athletics and academics as a student and diver on the Ball State Cardinal Swimming and Diving team. She was named to the Academic All-Mid-American Conference team from 1999-2001 and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2001 with a degree in Exercise Science. Cathy was an honorary social chair of the team and had a way of finding fun in every situation that presented itself.

Her sense of adventure was illustrated when she took a year off from her Doctoral studies in Physical Therapy at Northwestern University to compete on the first season of ABC’s The Bachelor, a now long-running and popular reality dating show. Though she did not win, she made her mark and let her personality shine through, earning a personal spotlight segment on the reunion show. Cathy returned to school, graduating in 2005 and moved to Scottsdale, Arizona where she worked as both an outpatient and traveling physical therapist.

Upon moving to Scottsdale, Cathy began to practice yoga, which provided a physical, spiritual and social outlet that was very integral to her life. She enjoyed hiking in and around the Scottsdale area and beyond, particularly at Camelback Mountain near her home. She competed in many half-marathons, overnight Ragnar Relays, and other endurance events, in one case joining a Ragnar Relay team on just a week’s notice.   Cathy developed a love for the mountains that was built upon early experiences as a precocious ski expert at Ski World and Paoli Peaks, and it took her to some of the biggest mountains in the world including Whistler, Vail and Telluride.

Cathy was a bright and shining light in the life of every person that she met; her loving, generous and adventurous personality was, and continues to be, an inspiration to all that knew her. She passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2016, while vacationing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

The Catherine Elizabeth Grimes Memorial Fund was established within the Wabash Valley Community Foundation in support of a memorial bench in the diving well at the Wabash Valley Aquatics Center, as well as an endowed scholarship fund for outstanding female student athletes at Terre Haute North who embody the spirit and determination of Cathy, both of which will help her memory live on forever.

Contact Wabash Valley Community Foundation
200 South 8th Street
TerreHaute, Indiana 47807
Mallory Lorber
Molly Klen
Lauren Koenig
Kelly Luegenbiehl
Susan C Decker
Ann and Joe Heffelmire
Jacques Paul-Blanc
Mardi Bishop
James Grimes
Polly and Paul Donnelly
Kathy Fleschner
Pete Schroeder
mary risinger
Jason Manning
Andrew Richmond
Anonymous donor
Denise Le
Abby Heffelmire Miller and family( Ann, Joe, and Denny)
Xenia Murphy
Andrew Hartnett
Amy Mayer
Ann & Steven Wendroff
Anne McLaren
Susan Schmidt
Celeste Orlando
Shannon Grimes Grimes
Sheryl Sukolsky
Amanda Zeigler
Jeff Barranti
Karen Ednalino
Anonymous donor
Brad Adams
Meghan Williams
Anonymous donor
Rick Kelly
Copper Bar
Arnold and Patt Sklar
Fabienne Aballi-McCarthy
William Schmidt
Brian Mccormick
Allyson Richards
Brad Hunt
Orsi Jojart
Emily Gamble
Justin Burris
Chad Bolduc
Patrick Hopkins
Brittany Cuthbertson
Aaron and Marci Seaman
Anonymous donor
Virginia Harlan
Lori Grant Feliciano
Kimberly Doti
Erin Krutz
Allie Grimes
Brooke Colyer
Matt Shemberger
Travis & Alyssa Kendall
David & Eileen Klen
Tom Werle
Maura Barrett
Efraim Ruthenberg
Chuck King
Alexis Myers
Jacob Thomas
Anonymous donor
Gavin Kliger
Arash Malekahmadi
Kim Ewan
TC Newlin
Mark Jackson
Moksha Yoga Phx Anton Mackey
Anonymous donor
DeeAnn Varns
Anonymous donor
Alessandra Cappellino
Marjorie Schrader
Anonymous donor
Rachel Mullen
Mallory Lorber
Chris & Anna Paitson
James Grimes

 $ 9,170.00
Funding type:Donation

This project will receive all of the funds Donated by 4099-08-10.

Wabash Valley Community Foundation