May 30th, 2013

In Memory of Cathie Cardwell, Great American Patriot, Poet, Musician, Wife, and Mother

rand and cathie

I just learned the very sad news that Cathie Cardwell, wife of Oath Keepers BOD member Rand Cardwell, has passed away.   Here is Rand’s message from his Facebook page:

Yesterday, I lost half of me. She will always be in my heart. Cathie Schoo-Cardwell was a very special lady. Her fight has ended. We will be having a celebration of her life around July 4th…. her birthday is the 3rd. All of her family, friends and co-workers will be invited. I’ll be sure to announce it on FB. I realize that many folks want to send flowers, but please instead just give a donation to the American Cancer Society or other worthy charity in her honor. Thanks to everyone for your kind words and support.

Rand also posted:

Here is a link to the blog that Cathie (Cathie Schoo-Cardwell) kept on her long journey in her fight with cancer. – It contains some of her poetry, thoughts and spirit. I hope you enjoy.

Cathie fought hard against cancer for years, with courage and determination, and all through it, she also fought hard for her country, and she supported Rand’s participation in Oath Keepers 100%.   I had the honor of meeting her back when I flew into Knoxville, Tennessee to speak at the April 15, 2009 Knoxville Tax Day Tea Party.   That is how I first met Rand and Cathie, as they were part of the organizing team for that event and they were the ones who invited me to speak and made all the arrangements, including giving me a place to stay.

At that rally, Cathie sung a song that she had written herself, called Revolution:

What a beautiful song, from the heart of a beautiful woman.  After that rally on April 15, 2009, Cathie and Rand flew up to attend our rally on Lexington Green, Massachusetts on April 19, 2009, where she joined in on our oath ceremony. From that moment on, Rand was part of our leadership team, and Cathie was right there with him all the way. Behind – or beside – every great man is a great woman, and Cathie was a great woman. We are lessened by her passing. We have lost a great Oath Keeper and friend, American has lost a great patriot, and her family has lost a great wife and mother.   Words fail me to adequately describe our grief at her passing.

Our hearts and our prayers go out to her family and especially to Rand.  I spoke with Rand on the phone, and he reiterated what he said in his Facebook post: instead of flowers or cards, please use that money to donate to the American Cancer Society or some other worthy charity that helps fight cancer, to help others who are fighting the same fight.

If you would like to leave a comment on Rand’s Facebook page, I know he would appreciate it.  He is a quiet, private kind of person, but he will read your comments and I think it would help him get through this.

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15 Responses to “In Memory of Cathie Cardwell, Great American Patriot, Poet, Musician, Wife, and Mother”

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    David Helms Says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, brother.

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    Shorty Dawkins Says:

    May she find peace and freedom.

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    Elias Alias Says:

    Rand, I am deeply sorrowed by your loss, but grateful that she has found peace after such a long fight. I’m with you in spirit, Brother!

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    Jeff Ford Says:

    My condolences and prayers to you and your family.

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    Cal Says:

    My condolances and prayers go out to you.

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    Gary Lima Says:

    To my Brother in Faith and Country, my Family and I give you our sincere condolances. You are not alone my Dear Friend and Cathie is in Paradise. Peace and Love surround her. Let us think of the JOY she now fully knows. We who remain are with you in this life.

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    Ava Stamper Says:

    My husband and I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. and Mrs. Caldwell at a Knoxville Tea Party Rally and again at the Tea Party Convention a few years back in Pigeon Forge. Mrs. Caldwell was a beautiful, gracious woman and our condolences go out to Rand and his family. I know Cathie was a Christian and therefore, there is no doubt in my mind that we will all see her again.

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    Darin Bowers Says:

    “Go rest high on that mountain,
    Your work on Earth is done…
    Go to heaven a’shoutin..
    Before the Father and the Son”
    -Vince Gill

    We shall all meet by and by. Ill see
    you there sister.

    God be with you Rand, and your family.


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    Norma Says:

    Rand, you have my deepest condolances at the loss of your lovely wife. I looked at her blog and was deeply touched by it. It brought a tear to my eye. Prayers for God’s peace for you and the rest of the family at this time.

    Take care and God Bless!


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    Danny Smith Says:

    Her writings indicate an indomitable but gentle spirit that is an inspiration to all, especially to those that face adversity. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your families Rand, we are all poorer for such a loss.

    Danny & Mary Smith

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