ROCKLAND — Catherine “Cathy” Anne Fox (formerly Hobbs) passed away Thursday, May 19, 2022, from a brain tumor.

Cathy was an educator at heart. After volunteering at her children’s schools in El Paso and Corpus Christi, Texas, she began substitute teaching in 1996. In 2003, Cathy received her instructor’s certification and taught Math at Foy H. Moody High School in Corpus Christi until 2011. During this time, she realized her knack and passion for mentoring and ensuring the success of students with difficulties and life challenges most adults would understand.

After moving to Rockland in 2011, Cathy was the special education lead teacher and assistant Director at Seton School until 2012 in Camden. She then accepted a position at South School in Rockland as the behavior unit special education teacher until her untimely death. Even when Cathy was diagnosed with glioblastoma, her biggest concern was setting her students up for success after her departure from this world.

Cathy was very creative and made macramé, painted ceramics and sewed clothing for her children. She also made some of the best homecoming mums and garters for high school students in Texas. Cathy enjoyed the corniest jokes and one could not help but laugh when she told them. She also wore some of the most outrageous socks that sometimes became the focus of her wardrobe.

Anyone who met Cathy always noted her big smile and inner strength. Even when she was diagnosed with the brain tumor, she fought like a warrior and with a smile.

Predeceased by her father, John C. Jaske, Cathy is survived by her mother, Shizue “Sue” Jaske; her husband, Victor Lee Graham Fox; daughter, Jennifer Jaske; son, John Hobbs and his wife, Elizabeth; and three grandsons, Cannon, Brody, and Grant.

A Farewell Reception will be held from 4:30-6 p.m., Thursday, June 9, 2022, at South School in Rockland.

To donate in lieu of flowers or to share a memory with Cathy’s family, visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com.