Catherine Pavlovich

Catherine Anne (Bender) Pavlovich of Sugar Hill, GA passed away peacefully on June 5, 2011 after a courageous, 15 year battle with ovarian cancer. Cathy was born on May 13, 1957 to Duane & John Bender. She married Ronald Pavlovich on March 8, 1978. Cathy worked many different jobs over the years, from waitress to bartender to medical transcriptionist, and then completed her studies to be certified as a medical assistant. Most recently she worked at Tri-County Medical Center in Buford, GA. Diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer in 1996, Cathy began her long journey with strength, determination and faith. She continued to think of her family and friends first, took care of her pets and her flower gardens, and enjoyed family celebrations and adventures. Everyone who knew Cathy enjoyed her fun-loving nature and admired her courage. Cathy was predeceased by her husband, Ronald Pavlovich, her daughter, Amy, and her mother, Duane Bender. She is survived by her father, John Bender, sister Debra MacLean, brother Greg (Mary) Bender, in-laws Joe Pavlovich and Mike (Debbie) Pavlovich. Cathy's unfailing cheer and fierce determination touched many lives and she remains an inspiration to many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. Cathy's family would like to thank all the medical professionals who provided wonderful care and loving support to Cathy. We especially thank Dr. Anthony Landis and his team for their excellent care. When treatments were no longer an option we were blessed to have the support of Embracing Hospice - especially Leslie Young, RN and Tom Egbert, Chaplin. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Deacon Mike Jones officiating. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. Cathy loved bright flowers and the family will gratefully accept them on her behalf. Donations, if preferred, can be made to American Cancer Society or to the American Humane Society. Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.