Catharine Gwynne Miranda, age 70, of Green Forest, AR departed this life to be with her Lord Thursday, November 9, 2017 in Berryville, AR. She was born December 8, 1946 in Orange County California, daughter of Max E. and Elizabeth L. Norman. Catharine worked as a loan officer in California and in 1992 she moved to Carroll County. She was a faithful member of Bethel Baptist Church in Green Forest where she served as treasurer. Twenty years ago Cathy and best friend, Barbara Lynch started the Bethel Agape Food Bank with Bro. Ray Edwards, who was pastor of the church at that time. Since then, the Food Bank has grown to serve the needs of hundreds of families every month, especially at Thanksgiving and at Christmas and especially families that have fallen on hard times. With faith in God, Cathy dedicated her life to helping others, to lending an ear or giving comfort and hope, always with a big smile and when needed, a reassuring sense of humor. Catharine loved her church family and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Catharine is survived by her cousin, Tony Knox of New Port, CA, best friend, Barbara Lynch and husband Doyle of Green Forest, step-children, Pam Munkelt and husband David of Lebanon, CN, Laura Bolt and husband Mark of Oakland, CA, along with their children, Bradley and Bailey, Vicky Barajas and husband Johnny of Fullerton, CA along with their children, Johnny, Rofa and Amanda, step- grandson, Michael Benevenuto and wife Amanda of, TX, second cousin, Melanie Knox and husband Josh Frank of CA, her church family and a host of friends.
Celebration Of Life will be 2:00 PM Friday, November 17, 2017 at Bethel Baptist Church, 1305 E. Main St., Green Forest, with Pastor Jo Summers and Matthew Spate officiating.
Interment will follow at New Home Cemetery in Green Forest.
Services by Smith Family Funeral Home of Green Forest.
Memorial donations may be made to Bethel Agape Food Bank % Bethel Baptist Church.