LOLO — Catherine (Cat) Linette Henry McKay, 57, passed away peacefully at her home in Lolo on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. Cat was born in Omaha, Nebraska on Aug. 19, 1960, to Calvin Henry and Arlene Henry (Halfhide).
Cat grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota. She won many medals and awards for her skills at target shooting. Her dad and she went hunting together and when living in Montana, she was lucky enough to draw a buffalo tag. The state officials and volunteers on that experience were amazed at her skill bringing down her buffalo.
Cat became a beautician. Her son Bob was born in Fargo in 1982. She married Jerry McKay in Stevensville in 1988. Their son Jacob was born in 1989 and Emily was born in 1992. Eventually they divorced and Cat went to work at the Poverello Center in Missoula as a house manager.
She was a talented artist and did many painting projects that she gifted to family members. She also crafted jewelry out of beads that were unique and special. The grandchildren called her "Bella." Lily was her little pal and they were inseparable whether baking cookies or blowing bubbles. Liam just started talking recently and "Bella" was one of the last things he said to her. She was so happy to see pictures of her newest grandbaby, Lucas, who looks so much like his Dad. The great joy in her life was being with the grandkids, hearing stories about them, and seeing the latest photos. Her memories will live on with all of them. Cat was also proud of her children and all their accomplishments.
Cat is survived by her three children: Bobby (Claire) McKay of Navarre, Florida; Jacob (LaRissa) McKay of Stevensville; and Emily McKay of Stevensville. Her grandchildren are Lily and Liam McKay of Stevensville and Lucas McKay of Navarre, Florida. Her two sisters are Deborah (Don) Dann of Moses Lake, Washington and Jennifer Robinson of Louisville, Kentucky as well as nephews, Jeremy Henry and Aaron Martel of Moses Lake, Washington. Her mother, Arlene Halfhide, lives in Stevensville and her father, Calvin Henry, preceded her in death.
The family will have a memorial service at a later date, probably in April. We invite you to join us then to remember her spirit and tell stories.