The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

June 6, 2013

Catherine P. Mudd

Star Beacon

ODESSA, Texas — Catherine Phyllis Mudd, age 84, of Odessa, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at the Home Hospice House of Odessa.

Born in Monroe City, Mo., on Dec. 13, 1928, to John Gregory and Lilian B. Seward, Phyllis was one of four children and went to school in Monroe City before attending Quincy (Ill.) College.

Her professional career included employment at A. Louis Supply in Ashtabula, Ohio, and El Paso Products in Odessa. She also volunteered with the Ector County ISD as an aide to special-needs children and was active with Meals on Wheels and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.

But the lasting legacy of Phyllis Mudd will always be that of a loving, loyal wife and a tireless, doting mother. She met the love of her life, Joseph Richard Mudd, as a schoolgirl in Missouri and married him in a driving snowstorm on New Year's Eve of 1947. Together, they shared six decades of love and devotion - a lifetime of love, for better or worse - before Joe's passing in 2007. Along the way, they raised four boys - Joseph Gregory of Ashtabula, Ohio, John Stephen of Odessa, Texas, Michael Richard of Dallas and Jeffrey Scott of Austin - and enjoyed spoiling her nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Through the years, she attended countless ballgames, nursed a thousand skinned knees, patched both torn clothes and broken hearts and provided a lasting, shining model of what a wife, a parent and a friend could and should be.

The busy business of parenting aside, Phyllis also loved spending time and sharing laughs with her friends. She looked forward to her weekly card games with Ida and the Gang, which became an extended, cherished family of sorts, and to casino getaways to Hobbs with her son Steve and daughter-in-law Joyce. While she claimed to never win, that wasn't really the point to Phyllis, who was instead rich in the ways of friendship.

Once, long ago, one of her sons brought home a ragged, hand-picked bunch of field flowers. By the time they found water, the flowers were wilted and faded. Still, Phyllis nursed the makeshift bouquet and placed it on the middle of the kitchen table. When asked why, she said, simply, "because that's what moms do."

As a wife, as a mother, as a friend, Phyllis cared tirelessly and nursed dutifully for her family and her husband and, with unwavering pride, always placed it in the forefront. Because, without exception, that's what Phyllis did.

The family would like to express its heartfelt gratitude for the excellent care Phyllis received from the medical and nursing staff at Medical Center Hospital, particularly to the nurses of the critical-care unit. In addition, a special thank you to the staff at the Home Hospice House, which allowed her to spend her final days in dignity and comfort.

Phyllis is survived by her sons, Jay, Steve, Mike and Jeff; her daughters-in-law, Joyce, Judy and Jennifer; grandchildren, Kelly (Pat), Shanna (Aaron), J.C., Brian, Maddie, Sarah, McKenzie, McCoy and Mitchell; and great-grandchildren, Allison, Julie, Mason and Logan.

Visitation hours will be held on Friday, June 7th, from 6 to 8 p.m. at SUNSET MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME. Services will be held 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 8th, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton with the burial to follow at Sunset Memorial Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to Catholic Charities or Meals on Wheels.

 Funeral arrangements are under the direction of SUNSET FUNERAL HOME, 6801 E. Business 20, Odessa, Texas 79762. To sign the guest book, go to our website at and