Cathy Burns Mayo was born on November, 15 1952 in Brookville, Indiana to Joyce Ann Burns and John F. Burns. Cathy grew up in Brookville, Indiana and Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from Bishop Watterson High School in 1970. After graduation, she started a family with her first husband, Joseph A. D’Amico. She later married James D. Mayo, and shared a life raising their three daughters. Cathy had early onset Alzheimer’s and Primary Progressive Aphasia. She passed peacefully at a nursing facility with two of her daughters by her side on December 3, 2020.
God blessed Cathy with a spirit of servanthood. She was many things to many people and always put others’ wants and needs before her own. Cathy operated her own cleaning business for over 25 years, and loved each and every client as family. Cathy loved Jesus! Her family at Xenos Christian Fellowship meant the world to her. She was a wonderful woman, the kind who did all she could to create a warm welcoming home. An ever-doting grandmother to four beautiful kids. However, all bets were off when it came to a “friendly” game of Horse, Uno, or backyard cornhole. Cathy’s ferocious competitive side would make even Bobby Knight proud. She had her mom’s beautiful blue eyes and contagious laugh. Cathy enjoyed spending time reading her daily devotionals, golfing, and doing yard work. She nurtured her gorgeous green lawn and cultivated her stunning flower gardens much like she built the relationships in her life: authentically, carefully, consistently, and full of heart.
Cathy is survived by her husband, James D. Mayo of Columbus, Ohio; her daughters Lisa D’Amico of Worthington, Ohio, Teresa D’Amico of Columbus, Ohio, Sara Burks of Worthington, Ohio; her brothers Michael (Gloria) Burns of Westerville, Ohio, Patrick (Patti) Burns of Dayton, Ohio; four grandchildren Jackson D’Amico, Caden Burks, Leo Burks and Charlotte Burks all of Worthington, Ohio; nephews Timothy Burns, Paul Burns of Dayton, Ohio; and a multitude of incredibly close family in Brookville, Batesville, and Indianapolis, Indiana. She will be greatly missed by all who had the good fortune to know her. Mom, give Grandma, Uncle Jim, Aunt June, Uncle Dick, Mama Lou, and Abby some hugs for us.
A memorial service will be held in her honor on Tuesday December 15, 2020 at the Shaw-Davis Funeral Homes Clintonville Chapel, 4341 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214. The family will receive guests from 5 pm to 6 pm, with the memorial service for immediate family members and friends beginning at 6 pm. For those unable to attend but would like to watch the service, a live stream will be available below. An additional celebration of her incredible life will also be held at a later date. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, the number in attendance will be limited to 40 people; masks and social distancing will also be required while visiting the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at http://www.act.alz.org .