Cate Mueller, Parker Live columnist, passes away

Parker Live columnist Cate Mueller passed away at her home in Bouse, AZ Saturday morning after a sickness lasting over a year.


Cate grew up in Modesto, CA the daughter of a Navy dad, and attended Cal State at Fresno. She arrived in Arizona in January 2002 as a new full-time RVer with her partner Donna, having been told by some friends that Quartzsite, AZ was the mecca of motorhome living.

After a few years of RVing around Quartzsite in the wintertime and spending summers in Idaho as a reporter, Cate and Donna bought a house in Bouse where they have lived since. Cate taught herself web design and was able to help various organizations with their websites, in addition to writing and reporting for various publications. She also produced the Quartzsite Chamber News and Quartzsite Visitors Guide.




Cate’s Column header over time.

In January 2011, Cate began to share stories and her enjoyable sense of humor in a column here on Parker Live. Cate’s Column ran until Cate got sick in early spring 2014.

She loved music, played guitar and had a collection of them, listened to KLPZ 1380am every day (known as ‘Cougar Cate’ to listeners) and was fascinated with the oddities of life in the desert. Her cheerful demeanor and outlook on life made her well-liked by many.

Cate is survived by her spouse Donna, who married Cate last November in a bedside ceremony after almost 20 years together.

Thanks for the company, Cate. We’ll miss you.

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The archive of Cate’s columns can be found HERE.


  1. You will be missed Cate. Our wishes of comfort to Donna.

  2. Natasha Chapman

    Condolences to her friends and family! Her memory and columns will live on…

  3. Another AWESOME Angel

  4. Lisa Conroy

    My condolences to the family friends and coworkers 🙁

  5. Missing my sister.
    Hoping everyone will remember her for who she was and what she did. Missing her ever day and more now.

  6. Cate was a spark of light and humor to so many who were lucky enough to know her. Bill and I send our most heart felt condolences to Donna and her family and to Cate’s friends and David Mueller. The little town of Bouse has lost their editor-in-chief, fact checker and photographer and good friend. Rest in Peace, Dear Lady.

  7. I guess you could say I just got no know Cate. By reading about her passing. Then going and reading every one of her columns on Parker Live. Sounds like she’s was a neat person. Will miss her story’s. To her friends and
    family, so sorry for your loss. Know she will be missed by oh so many, young & old. RIP Cate.

  8. A life lived well! Thanks for all the smiles Cate and the positive views of our world around us. We’ll see you on the other side!

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