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Biography - Cathy (Dalton) Falconberry

Rosa Catherine Dalton was born on June 10, 1955, in Cookeville, Putnam County, Tennessee, to James Austin Dalton and Lillian Zida (Massa) Dalton. Cathy grew up in Baxter, Tennessee, which is about ten miles west of Cookeville, with her older brother Charlie and a younger sister, Sarah.

Cathy attended schools in Putnam County and graduated in June, 1973, from Upperman High School, located in Baxter. She attended Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville from 1973 to 1975 studying secretarial administration. During her high school and college days she played clarinet in the band and took piano lessons under the tutelage of Mrs. Mary A. Hoepfinger, who was a harpist with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Eventually, Cathy started taking harp lessons from Mrs. Hoepfinger and purchased her own harp in 1974. For a time she played her harp at weddings, bridal shows, and other special events.

After leaving Tennessee Tech in 1975, Cathy went to work for the Putnam County Library in Cookeville and worked there until 1981. That year she moved to Nashville to room with a long time friend, Sherry Presley. Cathy started working at Comdata but left a year later to join the legal firm of Costner and Waldschmidt where she worked as a legal secretary until 1984. While living in Nashville, Cathy and Sherry were members of the large Single's group at Hillsboro church of Christ. Cathy made many lifelong friends there including a young man named Ron Falconberry who she married on October 6, 1984, at the Hillsboro church building.

In 1985, Cathy started working as an adminsitrative assistant for Mary Ann Brown, a fellow Single's group member who owned a private accounting office. She was working at Mary Ann's office in the early afternoon on March 3, 1987 when her first son decided it was time to be born - two weeks early. She hurried to the hospital and within a couple of hours, Joseph was born.

In the summer of 1990, Cathy, Ron and Joseph moved to Louisville, Kentucky where Ron had accepted a job with Porter Paints. The following year, on January 11, 1991, their second son, Luke, was born. The family worshipped at the Westport Road church of Christ where Ron and Cathy taught the first grade class for about five years. They were also responsible for recruiting teachers for the children's classes and overseeing the curriculum and materials for elementary and preschool age classes.

As a stay-at-home mom, Cathy was able to start pursuing her interests in crafts. She made and decorated baby bags and totes, painted pictures and designs on shirts, blouses, and sweatshirts, and a variety of other similar activities. She started sharing a booth with her sister, Sarah, at Santa's Workshop in Cookeville, Tennessee, a large craft show held in late October or early November every year. In 1993 she started working part-time for Michael's Arts and Crafts creating display boards, teaching some classes and assisting customers on the floor.

In 1995, Ron accepted a job with a computer consulting company in Nashville and moved the family back to Tennessee. They settled into a house in La Vergne, just outside Nashville, where they still live. Cathy continued her life as a stay-at-home, craft-creating, children-chaffeuring mom. They started attending church at the Smyrna church of Christ and for several years, Cathy and Ron taught the Second Grade class where Cathy developed the curriculum that is still being used. In 1998, Cathy was asked to take over the Children's Library at church. Based on her years of experience with Putnam County Library and her love of children's books, she accepted and proceeded in building the library. Originally, the Children's Library consisted of 35 books and about eight video cassettes located on one bookcase in the adult library. Within four years, the Children's Library had grown to occupy its own room containing over 1,200 books and over 200 video cassettes and DVDs.

Currently, Cathy has gone back to working full-time. In August, 2002, Cathy started working as a Library Aide with the newly opened Rock Springs Middle School where Luke is also a student. Cathy is in her element when she is surrounded by children's books possibly because she is just a big child at heart. Cathy is still active in building and selling her crafts, helps in special events with the church, such as Vacation Bible School and summer camp, attends children's education seminars, and still finds time to take care of her family.

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