Graduated from high school, Little Rock.
Director sales clerk Southwestern Bell Telephone Сompany, Little Rock, 1953-1957, yellow pages telephone sales staff member, 1957-1969, supervisor business office, 1969-1970, education relations supervisor, 1970-1978, academy and community relations manager, 1978-1983, area manager external relations, since 1983.
Board directors Pine Bluff Clean and Beautiful, Arkansas. President Pine Bluff Sister Cities Inc., since 1988. Board directors, personnel chairman Pine Bluff Symphony.
Board directors Literacy Council, Pine Bluff. Member professional women's advisory board National Bank Commerce, Pine Bluff. Member Arkansas Federation Press Women, Business and Professional Women's Club (Woman of Year award 1977, 87), Synergy (Pine Bluff).
Married James Pearson Cathey. Stepchildren: Lesa Handly, Traci.