Nancy Elizabeth Cato “Mudge”, 82

Cato, Nancy Elizabeth “Mudge” died peacefully in her home on July 24, 2012, surrounded by her loved ones.

Nancy was born in Syracuse, New York on October 3, 1929 to Baden & Marion Mudge.  She graduated from Taylor University in Indiana in 1951 with a degree in Education.  She was recruited from college at the age of twenty to play for the AAGPBL  (All American Girls Professional Baseball League) in Fort Wayne, IN. She remained with the league until 1954 and was a member of the Kalamazoo Lassies, the last team to win the league championship. Nancy taught at Hillside College in Michigan before coming to the University of Minnesota, where she taught physical education, until she retired in 1983. Nancy was very involved in her church (Gateway, formerly Elk River Christian Missionary Alliance) and the Network for Life.  Nancy loved participating in and watching all sports and was a guest speaker at many events regarding women’s athletics.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her great-granddaughter Annabelle Lea Scheel, her son-in-law John Purmort and her nephew Baden Paul Mudge of Florida.

She is survived by her only daughter Kim Cato Purmort; grandchildren Jeremiah Scheel, Margaret Scheel, Sarah (Nicholas) Roche, and Jessica Scheel; great-grandchildren Jonathen Scheel, Trinity Scheel, Michael Bryan, Cecilia Roche and Elizabeth Bryan.

Also survived by her brother Baden Powell Mudge Jr. of Rome, New York and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorial service 11 AM Monday, July 30, 2012 at Gateway Church, 13913 185th Ave NW Elk River.

Visitation 1 hour prior to service at church.

Interment private.

Memorials preferred.

Arr. Dare’s Funeral Home 763-441-1212.