October 13th, 2010 by admin

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Critical Thinking for a Critical Time

Critical Thinking for a Critical Time

Catherine Humphrey

At A Glance

West Lafayette, IN

Catherine Humphrey was married to her first husband for 28 years. Parents of six children, Catherine and her husband served together as mission presidents in Brazil when she was 32 years old. Their marriage slowly dissolved after she learned that her husband had embezzled from clients and been disbarred. As a single mother, she went back to school, completing a master’s degree and a Ph.D. Thirteen years after marrying her second husband, he was diagnosed with an acute brain disease that has slowly robbed him of cognition and function.

How did you find out that your first husband was no longer the man you’d married?

We had the best of everything—the best house, the neatest children, we lived in Glendale, California—a wonderful community where we’d both grown up. My husband was an attorney in partnership with other LDS attorneys. We had everything we could wish for. My husband was called as a mission president when he was 40 years old and I was 32. By the end of the marriage, we had been married for 28 years and had six children.

Things started unraveling when my husband came home one day and said, “There’s no money,” and I thought, “What is he talking about?” During that week we also received a knock on the door and I learned our house was in foreclosure.

At that time, my first husband was serving as a bishop. It was awful. He was released soon after—he only served eighteen months. I learned that he had been fired years earlier from the law firm and he hadn’t told me; instead he told me he was opening up a branch of the law firm in Glendale and I believed him. Every day, he went to an office he’d rented and embezzled money.  He became emotionally and physically abusive to me, our children, and my extended family.

Catherine with some of her children

Catherine with some of her children

During this experience, I learned that you cannot effect change in other people. I prayed often and church leaders, his former senior law partner, and professionals attempted to counsel him. I wanted to work with him if there was a change in behavior, but there was no change, not even an acknowledgment of, “I’m sorry,” or “I did wrong.” Nobody knew why he did what he did but it was so hurtful and scary.

After we divorced, my first husband sued me frequently on made-up charges. Once he sued me in three courts on the same day. If you’re sued, a process server comes to your door. So I’d have to pay a lawyer to answer the summons. He’d serve me summons on Valentine’s Day, on Mother’s Day, even on my birthday. When he died, he was unrecognizable to me in his coffin. He had become a different person.

What was it like to unexpectedly become the sole provider and return to school?

The day my husband told me there was no more money, I said, “Well, should I get a job?” And he said, “I think you’d better.” He never provided for our family again. I’d never worked before but I had my teaching certificate. So the next day I went to the Pasadena Board of Education and said, “I need to work as a substitute teacher immediately.” They weren’t hiring full-time teachers so I said, “I’ll teach anything, but I need to work every day.” And I worked every day as a substitute teacher. There was never a day I wasn’t called in to teach, because I said I’d teach anything and I did a good job. I ended up getting a summer school job too and I taught Spanish and English. Then the next fall, I got my first full-time job and I taught English for the next twenty-one years.

I thought, “If I’m going to teach, I want to be the best teacher I can be, so I’m going to get a master’s degree.” I started going to one class at night at California State Polytechnic University, because I hadn’t been in an academic setting for so long. I didn’t know if I could succeed. I found that not only could I succeed, I loved doing it.

Catherine with a grandchild

Catherine with a grandchild

My kids all knew that I was working hard for us, so they all rallied together and were a great team. I did not have childcare; we did it together.  The youngest was in second grade when I started working; since I was teaching school I’d be home when they were home.  There were enough older ones to watch the little ones; at the very beginning I was only in class one night a week.  We did it together, that’s one of the things that made us so strong.  It was hard, because eventually I was working full-time and going to school full-time.  But it showed my kids the importance of education and the importance of a woman being self-reliant. I’d just started my Ph.D. when the divorce was finalized. I showed the children, “This is how you manage. You get the most education you can and you take care of business yourself.” Women cannot be helpless. They have to be able to take care of themselves and their children. A side benefit, now that I’m retired, is that I have a pension—which I never even thought about during those years!

I showed the children, “This is how you manage. You get the most education you can and you take care of business yourself.” Women cannot be helpless.

Your Ph.D. is in English; did you ever find that your studies made you question your faith?

A relative said, “You’d better not get a Ph.D. in English, Catherine, because if you do you’ll lose your testimony.” People seem to think English is scary in that way. It always seemed contrary to me if what you’re looking for is truth, or greater truth, to be afraid of knowledge.

In my education, I wanted to know what the great minds were thinking about. I found it enriching. I loved it; I would sit in class and tears would just roll down my cheeks, especially when I’d read some of the more contemporary women who were thinking through issues that I didn’t know enough to even think about. The most valuable skill I gained in my education was that I learned to be a good critical thinker. You think critically and you’re changed forever.

I really wanted to know more about everything so I could understand a lot of the events that had happened in my life. I was interested in women’s voices. I’d always been very careful to not speak out of turn and it was interesting to me to see how minorities could rise and could have voice and could actually make a difference in the course of history. I thought, “Maybe there’s something that I don’t know that could help me solve problems better.” So I approached my discipline with an open mind, but it was never, “This will shake my faith.” In fact, it was the opposite. I thought, “This will NOT shake my faith,” and it didn’t.

The most valuable skill I gained in my education was that I learned to be a good critical thinker. You think critically and you’re changed forever.

I think I was born with a believing spirit. One attitude that’s helpful is to accept that everything doesn’t have to “fit in,” because over time I’ve seen many theories change. Things can move and things can change. And I’m very much a New Testament sort of Christian; I believe that we’re meant to love one another, to do well, to not be judgmental.

Even when I was at my lowest point, it never occurred to me to neglect church attendance. I’ve said to people my faith is in my DNA. I just have it. I didn’t really have to search for it; I just had it. Growing up, my dad was Presbyterian and my mom was Mormon. When I was little they’d drop me off at church and pick me up afterwards; my mom didn’t attend. But I always believed. I was always serious-minded. I’ve also always been a student of something; I was a student of the Church. There was a time when I felt I’d read everything at our local Deseret Book. Twice I’ve been a Gospel Doctrine teacher and gone through all four standard works. I think my faith came from being a believing child and a believing teenager.

Do you think that the experiences you had in Brazil impacted your approach to your graduate studies?

Serving as the mission president’s wife in Sao Paulo, Brazil, prior to going to graduate school definitely fortified my faith.  When we were called to serve, I had four children; the youngest was twelve months old, the oldest was nine years old and I gave birth to a new baby seven months after arriving in Brazil. So I was in the mission field with five little children and our mission was an absolute time of miracle. The children and I joined together as a family to take care of each other, which formed habits to help us later when I was going to school and working.  On our mission I learned how to approach anybody; I learned how to hand out The Book of Mormon on an airplane, I learned how to find people to teach, I learned not to be afraid to bear my testimony anywhere, anytime, in Portuguese or English.

Following our mission, I was Relief Society President for five years in Glendale, CA.  I was also PTA president, so I had one foot in the community as well as in the church. My sister says, “How can you be the salt that savors the world if you never leave the shaker?” I was named the California Young Mother in 1972 and I was always comfortable in the community; I worked as hard there as I did in the church. I never found a conflict of values. The women that I worked with as the PTA president wanted good families; they wanted strong homes, they wanted good educations, too.

As I studied, I found more and more similarities between whatever I was reading and the gospel. I wrote my dissertation on Toni Morrison’s novels. I analyzed her early novels and showed how one can read them as the fall, the redemption, and the apocalypse, and how through her female characters you can see what’s lacking. Love is always what’s lacking…that and an understanding of people. Morrison’s characters show us that it is possible to have a sharable world; we become stronger when we care about others, which to me is Christlike. And in the apocalypse of the later novels, we see the great trouble that comes if we don’t.

You remarried three years after your divorce—to a man you describe as the kindest man you’ve ever met.

I never thought I’d be married again; but I thought I’d like to be married again because I liked men and I liked companionship, and it was important for the children to have a father. I met Ted when I was working on my MA at Cal Poly; we fell in love when I was studying for my PhD at Claremont Graduate University.  He was an English professor, and he was a Renaissance man; there wasn’t anything he didn’t know or couldn’t do. Ted was also very kind. He had an open heart in terms of investigating the church; what he liked best was the philosophy in Mosiah 18:8, bearing one another’s burdens and mourning with those that mourn.

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It was important to me that getting married wasn’t contingent on his baptism; they were two separate events. We were married in March and he joined the church in August of that year.  I had peace about it; I wasn’t worried about it—he was such a good man. We were sealed in the Los Angeles temple in May 1995.

The same week that we arrived in Sao Paulo, James Faust was assigned to live there as Area President.  We became dear friends with Jim and Ruth Faust, sharing our lives and experiences with each other.  I stayed close to Elder Faust after our mission.  When I married Ted, James Faust, then the First Counselor of the First Presidency of the Church, called me and said that he wanted to meet Ted.  We flew to Salt Lake and had a long and wonderful visit with him in his office.  At the end of the visit he invited Ted to assist him in giving me a priesthood blessing.  His blessing promised me all that I could ever want and through blessing me, he blessed each of my children, whom he knew, by name.  His priesthood blessing remains a source of continual peace.  I have faith in his promises.

You’ve had two husbands who’ve changed dramatically from the men they were when you married them—obviously, this is a much different experience with Ted.

Ted now suffers from brain disease and brain injury.  Four years ago he was diagnosed with adult onset normal pressure hydrocephalus and his condition will only decline.  He has suffered four neurosurgeries, followed by complications from each, a brain hemorrhage, a subdural hematoma, and a brain infection.  His ventricles have increasing amounts of spinal fluid, causing progressive dementia, incontinence, and an inability to walk.  He is confined to a wheelchair and I can never leave him alone.  Recently, I hired in-home nursing care three times a week so I can leave for errands.

A dear friend gave him a blessing at Christmas last year.  He said, “Your life will be preserved as long as you desire to live.  You have fulfilled your mission, which was to become the husband and father in this choice family.”  And that’s what Ted does.  He healed our family by loving and caring for us.

There are moments or days where he’s better than other moments. But I’ve never thought I’d made a mistake in marrying him because he’s so good. And whatever it takes to take care of him in our home, I will do. Period.

How do you do it?

It’s just what I do. For example, for fun I dress us so we match on Sunday.  Last Sunday, I wore a blue and white sweater, so I fixed Ted with a white shirt and his pretty blue tie. I do a gratitude chain that we write on at breakfast. We do little things to savor the present moments we are still together: we hold hands, we kiss each other, we smile at each other. I create little programs for us like I still do for my kids to keep them close.

In discussing these very challenging obstacles in your life, you have so much grace and dignity. Is that a conscious choice?

I learned it from my mother—if you’re going to do something, do it with grace and don’t be a martyr. If you’re going to do service, make it seem effortless. You’re never going to get credit for it anyway! I think that being resilient is a skill that can be learned; I’ve had to learn to be resilient.

Throughout these experiences, it’s obvious that your priority has been protecting your children.

I have something that a lot of women don’t have, which is a peace about my family. I guess that’s what I most wanted, but I have a confidence that whatever they have to deal with, they’ll be able to deal with it. I’ve tried to do this in my own life.

I have something that a lot of women don’t have, which is a peace about my family.

I care about the legacy that I leave for my children. I want my children to be honest, to be good. I don’t want them to have any remote vestige of prejudicial attitudes towards anybody who’s different from them. I want them to have a high regard for other people, to be scrupulous in their dealings with their fellow men. I want them to pass on an attitude of strength and resilience and education to their children. I think all of my children revere education and aren’t afraid to learn about anything. I trust that if bad things happen to them, they will overcome it. I used to worry about that, but I don’t anymore. You should be faithful and good and make right decisions because that’s who you are, because that’s your core, because you can’t be altered. You have to be true to the goodness inside you.

At A Glance

Catherine Humphrey


LDS_woman_photo_HumphreyCOLORLocation:
West Lafayette, IN

Age:
67

Marital status:
Married twice, currently married to Ted Humphrey

Occupation:
retired English professor, forever mother, homemaker and thinker

Children:
Six

Schools Attended:
BYU, University of Maryland (BA), California State Polytechnic (MA), Claremont Graduate University (Ph.D)

Languages Spoken at Home:
English; Portuguese for three years while serving as the mission president’s wife in Brazil Sao Paulo

Favorite Hymn:
“Because I Have Been Given Much”

Interview by Rachael Bailey. Photos used with permission.

44 Comments

  1. Robin
    5:00 pm on October 13th, 2010

    Catherine– you embody grace and honesty. Somehow you not only survive but thrive through these heart wrenching challenges. Thanks for sharing your story and being a role model for all of us!

  2. Sarah Harward
    5:11 pm on October 13th, 2010

    I adore Catherine, and have admired her since I first met her. To hear her story, in her own words, was just amazing! Thanks Rachael for taking the time to do this, and thank you so much,Catherine, for being willing to share your story so we can all grow and learn from it.

  3. Ruth
    6:18 pm on October 13th, 2010

    What a wonderful story! I love that you decided that whatever you did for a career, you wanted to be the very best.

  4. Amy Wilcox
    6:25 pm on October 13th, 2010

    Catherine,
    You are such an amazing women. You inspire me to be better, do better, and live better. I loved reading your interview–it deepened my appreciation and admiration for you. Thank you for sharing your insights into life and what it means to live and love and continue on. I particularly appreciated you comment about serving with graciousness, not being a martyr and being true to the goodness inside of you. Thank you Catherine–I feel it a privilege to know you!

  5. Rachel
    6:50 pm on October 13th, 2010

    You are an inspiration! Thank you so much for sharing your story. Although all of our stories are different, you have conveyed universal messages that can be applied in any situation and that is a gift!

  6. David
    7:24 pm on October 13th, 2010

    Thank you both Catherine and Rachael for sharing with us. As a father of daughters, I rejoice in strong women and the richness they bring to the lives of all around them.

  7. Jessica Bailey
    7:32 pm on October 13th, 2010

    Truly Inspiring.

  8. Charlotte Bjarnason
    7:43 pm on October 13th, 2010

    Wow, thank you for sharing the story I am inspired by her life and words of wisdom. Thank you Rachel for taking time to write her story. Thank you Catherine for being such an extraordinary woman and friend. Love you!

  9. Jolena Ashman
    7:57 pm on October 13th, 2010

    What a beautiful and touching story! I’m so glad I was able to read it and be inspired. You are truly amazing.

  10. Mary Beth
    7:58 pm on October 13th, 2010

    Thank you so much for sharing your story, Catherine. Your courage, strength, and grace through your challenges are inspiring and fill me with renewed resolve. I love your words on the importance of education and critical thinking, especially for women, and how they can coexist with and even strengthen our faith.

  11. Dani Henrie
    8:43 pm on October 13th, 2010

    Catherine-You are such an amazing woman! I admire you so. I feel so fortunate to have known you. You are what I hope to be. Thank you for sharing your story.

  12. Meghan
    5:19 am on October 14th, 2010

    When I was in high school I decided I wanted to major in English because I could find the most truth there (I’m sure there are people who study chemistry for the same reason, but not me!). Catherine, I love how you characterize the study of literature as a way to open your mind to more truth. I need to revisit Toni Morrison.
    This is an amazing story of faith, resilience, and grace. I am grateful to you for sharing it with us.

  13. Audra
    7:19 am on October 14th, 2010

    What an inspiration you are! From reading about your life, I want to be more like you. Thank you so much for sharing. You’re right, we can’t worry about what bad things may happen – only how we handle them. God bless you!

  14. Rachel
    8:23 am on October 14th, 2010

    Wow, what an amazing woman you are! Others in your situation might be bitter and fearful, but you exude warmth, faith, and happiness–demonstrating that the latter really is a choice. Thank you so much for being willing to share this.

  15. JtG
    9:17 am on October 14th, 2010

    This is a wonderful example of strength, endurance, hope, and success.

    Out of all the inspiring moments throughout Catherine’s life, it was one simple comment that really helped me today. “If you’re going to do service, make it seem effortless,” was exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you.

  16. jendoop
    10:06 am on October 14th, 2010

    Thank you! I needed your example today. I am mother to 4 children and recently became foster mom to a little boy. In the midst of this I am trying to complete my degree. Yesterday I felt so lost in my schoolwork that I considered dropping out. Your example, and others like you, give me hope that I can do this.

  17. Laura
    5:50 pm on October 14th, 2010

    What a wonderful interview with someone who is clearly so smart and so thoughtful about her faith. I loved reading her thoughts on academics and faith – I’ve never thought that they should conflict, but this is such a great articulation *why* not.

  18. Diana
    6:33 pm on October 14th, 2010

    I lived in Glendale for a short time, and knew you briefly in the ward there. A young mother at the time, I was so impressed by what an amazing and accomplished woman you were. Although it saddened me to read of the trials you’ve been though, the grace and strength with which you overcame the adversities are inspiring. I love that you rose above it all and found happiness and peace. Thanks you for sharing your story.

  19. Jennie Tanner
    9:02 pm on October 14th, 2010

    This is a beautiful story of a truly remarkable woman! Catherine is lovely inside and out. Thank you, dear Catherine, for the inspiration you continue to provide for me.

  20. Angie
    9:12 pm on October 14th, 2010

    Thanks for this inspiring interview.

  21. Melody Pedralvez
    12:24 am on October 15th, 2010

    Dr Humphrey, you inspired me in high school and you inspire me today more than 10 years later.

  22. Ashlee Robertson
    6:28 am on October 15th, 2010

    Catherine, what an amazing woman you are! Thank you for sharing your life story. You are such a wonderful example of a Rightous Daughter of God.

  23. Teresa Whitehead
    7:37 am on October 15th, 2010

    What a great interview–thank you. My favorite line: “If you’re going to do service, make it seem effortless. You’re never going to get credit for it anyway!”

  24. Linda Chamberlain
    9:10 am on October 15th, 2010

    I have to say I started lessons with our local ward over 16 months ago but my new husband did not want to finish so I did not. We are now divorcing as I found him cheating with another ward member. I read your testimony and instantly called the missionary elders to continue my lessons and baptism! I dont want hate on my side I would much rather have the arms of the Heavenly father around me!

  25. Elena Gomar
    10:08 am on October 15th, 2010

    Catherine, I loved reading about your great example of courage, endurance and faith.
    You really inspired me, so I won’t give up in my education. I’m a mother of 3 little ones, It’s harder to achieve your education goals with a young family but not imposible.
    Thanks for sharing your life with us!

  26. Janet Williams
    10:19 am on October 15th, 2010

    I am so glad to read this! My husband and I were just talking about you and Ted a few days ago, wondering where and how you are! I was in the Hillside ward in California and loved your Sunday School lessons, and your inpiring life. I had little children and had just finished my masters–but was home with kids doing preschool–we were both at a copy shop very late one night running off papers for our classes–yours college english–mine preschool ABC’s…:) We moved to Arizona and I went back to teaching-I study much to be a good teacher–you were an example to me both academically and spiritally. I remember the Toni Morrison presentation you gave us at Relief Society and the great love for literature you and Ted had. So glad all is well with you, what a great family you all are!

  27. Emily
    1:43 pm on October 15th, 2010

    This touched me deeply. Your strength and goodness come through so strongly in your words – evidence of a carefully cultivated soul. You inspire me to strive for the kind of wisdom and grace that you embody. Thank you.

  28. Laura
    11:57 pm on October 15th, 2010

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. When I look at your fortitude, it makes me want to be a better person. Thank you!

  29. Amanda Wilkinson
    4:33 pm on October 16th, 2010

    Catherine and Ted Humphrey were angels to us when we needed them most. During our last year of MBA school, our 3 year old daughter became gravely ill and our lives became consumed with doing all we could do to preserve her life. All this while my husband finished his demanding program, went through the rigors of recruiting and while I had Baby #3. During ALL this (and soon after they moved to WLF), they were assigned to be our hometeachers. Tears come to my eyes as I think of all they did for us. Sweet lessons with a gift of picture books, a basketful of movies for me to watch while we were quarantined, delicious homemade meals and even taking the girls for the afternoon while I recovered from childbirth. All this while Ted was dealing with recovery issues of his own. They are AMAZING.

    I echo Rachael’s declaration that I too want to be like Catherine someday (though I KNOW that’s a tall order to fill). But – even if our paths crossed briefly – I know I will NEVER forget her kindness, grace and charity shown to me and my family. And that – like in the lyrics from “Wicked” – because of her influence, “I have been changed for good.”

    Love you, Catherine.

  30. Susan Salzman
    8:48 pm on October 17th, 2010

    A Tribute to Ted -

    I first met Ted and Catherine when they moved into Hillside Ward shortly after they got married. I was present the day they were sealed in the Los Angeles Temple. As we were all waiting in the chapel, a temple worker came and asked if there were any grandparents of the bride and groom there. I smiled – the bride and groom ARE grandparents, I thought.

    Ted was my home teacher for many years. He came to visit regularly. He listened. He understood. He was a help and a support as my own marriage crumbled into a heap of rubble.

    For several years Ted and I sang together in the Southern California Mormon Choir. In spite of his standing as a university professor of English, he enrolled in community college to take music classes.

    Ted, you are intelligent, humble, courageous, wise, kind, and simply remarkable. I am saddened by your present condition, but encouraged by the hope that we will meet again some day when all will be restored.

  31. Lindsey Ellis
    10:22 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Truly inspiring! What an amazing story.

  32. Daniel Stratford
    4:31 pm on October 23rd, 2010

    Sister/Dr. Humphrey,

    You continue to be an inspiration to me! I knew so little about the epic experience your life has been and all that you have optimistically worked through. I’m so grateful for the opportunities I had to work with you and get to know you better in the ward and in high school. Now that I am a teacher myself, I hope that I do for my students what you have done for me and others.

    Love,

    Daniel

  33. Jamie
    8:49 pm on October 25th, 2010

    Sister Humphrey, thank you for your testimony. I would love to pick your brain and absorb your grace and wisdom. You are beautiful. Thank you.

  34. Michelle
    6:37 pm on October 31st, 2010

    Thank you for sharing your story, Sis. Humphrey. I found this through Rachael’s blog and I must say I couldn’t agree more with her statement “About five minutes after I first met Catherine, I thought, ‘This is what I want to be like when I grow up.’” You are amazing. Thank you for your faith and optimism. I always think of sunshine when I’m around you!

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  36. Maren
    10:51 pm on December 11th, 2010

    Dr. Humphrey,
    Thank you for sharing this. I think about you and your English classes frequently. You made such a difference in my education and helped form me into who I am. You are an amazing woman and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to learn from you!

  37. Rachel Neu
    12:27 pm on December 31st, 2010

    So many aspects of what you said I admire and aspire to be so much of what you have described about yourself through your story. What an incredible life you have been living and I am grateful to know about it. Thank-you for your thoughts and wisdom and inspiring resilience.

  38. handsfullmom
    8:42 pm on February 14th, 2011

    “He healed our family by loving and caring for us.” I think this is the most beautiful line in this entire interview.

    Thank you for sharing your life experiences and your hope and light with us.

  39. David Kenison
    10:33 am on March 9th, 2011

    My dear friend, how grateful I was to stumble on this article today and be touched once again by your spirit. You blessed us missionaries more than you can ever know, and we grew to love you then; and the testimony of your life since Brazil only increases the love and respect we have for you. May God continue to bless you in this life, and in eternity! Um grande abraço…

  40. Ken Plaizier
    3:24 pm on March 10th, 2011

    Everything I think I know about the gospel of Christ, about overcoming adversity, about optimism and hope, about love and forgiveness, about enduring to the end seem epitomized in you. Thank you for being such an example to so many, and for providing love and acceptance to me when I most needed it. I am blessed that the Lord allowed our paths to cross, as I know they will again someday. God bless you, friend, e mandamos abraços e beijos para todos na sua familia!

  41. Kirsten Beitler
    1:16 pm on February 28th, 2012

    Dear Catherine,
    This blew me away. Your ex-husband was my husbands Uncle. I never knew him, as he died about a year before we were married. I knew things were weird between you, but never knew what exactly he did. I am so sorry that you had to go through that. I just wanted to say how much I admire your spirit. Thanks for sharing your story. I am glad to know it and fill in part of the family history that no one ever talks about. Love to you.

  42. Christiane Fuller Woerner
    8:27 pm on February 28th, 2012

    Thank you for interviewing her and pulling this out of the archives.

    I was in her ward when her first marriage fell apart. She was serving in YW at the time and she was the first woman outside of my family to tell me to get a quality education and obtain a degree. She told us this because we needed to prepare ourselves for the possibility that we’d have to work to feed and house our families. I’m so grateful for Sister Humphrey’s advice. I did get my B.A. and then my M.A. My job as a college professor today is directly related to her advice. I’m still listening to Sister Humphrey’s advice because I am in the final stages to getting my dissertation in Educational Psychology.

    P.S. I attended Cal Poly Pomona as an undergraduate student and had her current husband as a professor. He’s a fun loving, sweet man and I’m glad to get an update on how Professor Ted is doing.

  43. Jan
    11:07 am on August 25th, 2012

    Catherine is a dear friend and I can verify that her inspiring story is absolutely true. She is a person of faith and great courage. She has faced every challenge with intelligence, conviction, and above all, compassion for all people . She has a beautiful and outstanding family, and Ted is the love of her life.

  44. Michael Bement
    7:07 pm on January 30th, 2013

    Sister Humphrey:

    I was not aware of your trials and blessings.

    My own wife passed away four years ago, and I met and was sealed to another wonderful woman in December of 2012. What her husband did to her was horrible and unspeakable. Nonetheless, like you, she looked for the positive and moved ahead.

    I’d love to speak with you sometime, or even share emails. I am so glad that your dear Ted will be with you and your lovely family forever.

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