Catherine Smith Lee Milberger

Cathy Smith Milberger, 62, of Bryan, passed away on Wednesday, December 25 in her home. A memorial service will be held at 6pm on Friday, January 3 at the Reliance Baptist Church Community Center.

Cathy was born to Floyd and Betty Edminson Smith in Wauconda, Illinois. Cathy was a joy to be with, a laughter that filled the room and hearts she touched. Upon graduating from high school, her life’s pathway brought her to motherhood, where she was committed to giving her children the unconditional love she knew. She was known by her high school friends as “Smitty”. She was a spiritual lady, loving her gardens, animals, collecting rocks and doing beadwork. She married William Vincent Milberger, Jr. on February 26, 2013. They brought two families together to live as one, each with their own uniqueness to the family.

Preceding her in death are her parents.

She is survived by her husband William Milberger; her son Michael and wife Renee Poulter; her daughters Candice and husband Jesse Fite, Catherine and Chris Solomon, Dawn Steel and Slade Deliberto, Nathasha and Hector Torres; her brother Keith Smith; and children of her husband, Jordan Milberger and Mariah Milberger; and nine grandchildren.

Your memorial gifts are encouraged to be given to a charity of your choice.


  1. I love you, Momma. This still doesn’t feel real to me. My heart feels so broken but I know I’ll see you again. I love you xoxo

  2. Mama, we love you so much! It just doesn’t seem real…I keep waiting to wake up and realize this was all a bad dream. I promise to always take care of your “little cowboy” and I know that you will help me with that…hey, do you think you can help me cook? Lord knows I could use that and it would make Mikey happy. Haha. Okay, I’m rambling (something you know all to well). Love you now and forever! xoox PS- we are packing and JAMMING to reckless (nobody’s girl in particular)…

  3. My dearest Cathy, tere is not a minute that goes by that I do not think of you. I have been in the house today going through things and everything I touch or see has some memory of you. I would not be able to make it without the help of my family and your children. They have really stepped up and have helped carry the load. You would be very proud my love.

  4. To Cathy’s beautiful family, I send my deepest sympathies for your loss. Cathy was a beautiful women and will be missed by so many.Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

  5. My heart is broken for you all, Dawn, Candy, Cathie, Tasha, & Mikey. I’ll ever forget the times I had with you all and your mom, the dances she took us to and the “meetin’s” we would go to with her. Your mom was a special lady and she will always have a place in my heart. I love you guys.

  6. Mom~ I will always, always remember the days of dancing in the kitchen to songs like Play That Funky Music and Sweet Home Alabama, walking the garden with you to see your roses, the sparkle in your big brown eyes when you smile, your knack for cooking-thanks for passing it on, and the fact that no matter how the day passed, you always told us you loved us when you’d tuck us in at night. For all those beautiful & wonderful memories, I’m thankful. May your soul rest in peace, dear mother. Love you. ~ Candice Lynn

  7. Oh well some stories on our Cathy
    Well when she came into our lives we used to camp and Cathy changed the camping trips. She thought camping was a bed and Breakfast. The first time we went camping with her she had the sad stinky little cabin looking like a vavavoom bedroom soft lights table with lace top. I had boys and didn’t even own anything lace. I know the boys and I always knew the camping trips would be special. Cathy always wanted everything to be special. Love you Cathy we will miss you but you being Cathy left us all with Memories that will keep you alive to share with all. Love Aunt Annette

  8. Oh my sweet Cathy, Dawn, Tasha, Candy and Mike.
    I always loved being with you camping, visiting or at those crazy Willis gatherings. Your Mom was the real deal. She was amazing in so many ways. She was a knockout and could wear the clothes. I always loved going out to Patterson just to see how she decorated the house and yard. She was Crafty, and quite the handyman. Put Page to shame.
    But the most important thing that your Uncle Kyle and I always admired was her love and care of you. The last time we visited was about a year before Kyle died. She was so
    shaken at seeing Kyle’s condition but she never let him know. I know their spirits have met and celebrated. I am praying for you and have shared the stories I wrote about with my
    Grief Group. I lead a Grief Group at church bringing together parishioners a place to share their loved ones and work on our grieving. If any of you want to talk I would love to hear from you. 770-364-7876. I will be with you all in thought on Friday.
    All my love Aunt Annette

  9. Out thoughts and prayers are with the family in your time of sorrow. Know that all of you are in our hearts and we lift you up in prayer.

  10. My condolences to the family of Cathy, she was a classmate at Wauconda HS and enjoyed her bright smile and loving personality. She will be missed, god bless you cathy.

  11. So many joyful memories to count. The great garage sales we used to go to on Thursday and Fridays, the soccer games, shopping or just sitting and talking for hours. I miss you my friend! Love, Denise

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