Celeste Lee Southwick - a caring, loving, strong, and beautiful wife, sister, daughter, and friend, passed away on October 30th. She faced her battle with cancer and conquered it with the strength, courage, grace, and humor, with which she faced everything. That is Celeste.

She found her greatest happiness when she was taking care of the people she loved, and she loved her family dearly, especially her sons Kyle and Teagan, her step daughter Maia, and her husband Brad. For them, Celeste was an advocate, cheerleader, and coach like no other. When her children were at school, she found great joy teaching other children, many of whom had special challenges in their lives. She was a blessing to them, and to us all.

She grew up in Yuba City California, raised by loving parents Kathy and Mike McCann with her sister Heather and brothers Kevin, Scott, and Ryan, all of whom she had sweet love and affection for. As the oldest, she gave her sister and brothers the advice and direction they most needed.

She has deep gratitude for her friends from her childhood in California, from college in Idaho, from her years in Utah, and for the gracious welcome and help we received in Santa Maria. Her husband, Brad, shares that deep gratitude. We thank you all.

Celeste loved to be near the ocean, and at the right time, the family moved from Salt Lake City Utah to Santa Maria California, where she will be laid to rest.

A small family service will be held on Sunday, November 7th. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society (https://donate3.cancer.org/), or any other charity that is close to your heart.

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Brad Southwick

Post Date

Nov 04, 2021


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Yuba City, California, United States


Santa Maria, California, United States

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  • Salt Lake City, Utah, United States


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I only recently saw Celeste's obituary, and I'm so sorry to hear of her passing. She was a sweet person, and my eldest son, Aaron, went to school with her in Marysville at Anna McKinney Middle School. I have a photo of her with Aaron and Dave Brown at graduation from 8th grade.

Later in years after she'd married and moved to Utah, she was kind enough to contact me about the death of a mutual friend from Marysville 1st Ward. Before that she had reached out to me about teaching as a career. I'm sure she was an amazing teacher!

My sincere condolences to her husband, Brad, and her children. God bless her whole family.

Linda Draper , Oroville, CA, US Jul 01, 2022

I only knew her for a short time but the time I knew her she was the sweetest person. She’d give you the shirt off your back if you needed and she knew how to make you laugh when you wanted to cry. She also told the best stories! Always making me nearly pee myself well working with her. We bonded right away and I truly cared deeply for her. We talked about all the crazy diagnosis and tests we had to go through and she helped me know I wasn’t alone. I didn’t even know she passed until today :( my heart is with all her friends and loved ones. Celeste I’m sorry we lost touch in the way we did…. My heart is forever broken…

Sharon M Dec 13, 2021

I only knew Celeste for a short while, while working together at ARUP. She was a light that shined so bright. I loved sharing stories and laughing with her. I will miss hearing from her every once in a blue moon to update me and hear of the antics in my life. May she rest easy now and may all my thoughts be with her loved ones!

Andrea Harris , Salt Lake City, UT, US Dec 07, 2021

Kathy, to you and all your family I am so sorry to hear about Celeste passing. May you have comfort and peace at this time. My thoughts are with you.


Kaylyn Smith Crum

Kaylyn Smith Crum Nov 08, 2021

Deepest sympathies to Brad and the family. Words seem inadequate, but our friendships will abide through this difficulty.

Lance Moss , West Point, UT, US Nov 04, 2021