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Ellen Earthman Cates
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Birth: Jun. 4, 1916
Tennessee, USA
Death: Jan. 25, 2011
Marion County
Tennessee, USA

Ellen Earthman Cates, 94, died on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011 in Monteagle, TN. She was born in Murfreesboro, TN on June 4, 1916. She taught Home Economics at Middle Tennessee State College in Murfreesboro and Tusculum College near Greenville. TN. She also retired from the State of Florida Industrial School for Girls in Ocala, FL. Ellen was a member of the First Baptist Church of Elizabethton, TN and the First Baptist Church of Ocala and then the Downtown Baptist Church now Woodside Baptist in Ocala since 1957. She was the oldest member of the Ocala Art Club and also was in the DAR (Daughter's of the American Revolution), the Daughters of the Confederacy, the Ocala Women's Club and the Pioneer Garden Club. Her husband, Ray A. Cates, Sr. died in January, 2002 and before he died they made trips to China, Australia, New Zealand, South America, England and most of Europe including Russia. Mr. Cates was the owner of Gibson-Cates Shoe Store in Ocala. She is survived by her son, Ray A. Cates, Jr. and her grandson, Ray A. Cates, III both of Ocala, her daughter, Martha Louise Cates Buffington of Monteagle, TN and four grandchildren, Holly Stevens of Atlanta, Heather Barry of Birmingham, AL, Jon Buffington of Nashville and Becky Beckler of Dana Point, CA and also four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Jan. 31, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 910 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL with Rev. Chuck Miles officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park.

Published in Ocala Star-Banner from January 28 to January 29, 2011

Local teacher, artist Ellen Cates dead at 94
Ellen Cates was renowned for her delicate paintings.
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By Carlos E. Medina, Correspondent

Ellen Cates, a longtime teacher and local artist, died Tuesday after a battle with Alzheimer's. She was 94.

Cates taught at the Florida Industrial School for Girls for several years, starting in the 1950s. The school, established in 1917, occupied East Hall, which is now part of the McPherson Governmental Complex.

The school served girls who were classified as delinquent and had a traditional curriculum with an emphasis on home economics.

"Back then, these girls would be looked down upon. She was always very supportive of them. She would bring these girls home with her and we would almost always have meals with girls from the school," said Ray Cates Jr., Ellen Cates' son.

"She stayed in touch with a number of the girls for years after," he said. "She was like a mother to some of them."

A native of Tennessee, Cates moved to Ocala in the 1950s and was an accomplished artist. She was an early member of the Ocala Art Group, which formed more than 50 years ago.

"She often painted people's houses in town, and if they liked the painting, she'd give it to them. Her paintings are all over Ocala," Ray Cates said.

Eddie Franklin, a local artist and longtime member of the art group, remembered Cates' painting style.

"She did a lot of children and flowers and beautiful scenes. All of her paintings were uplifting and had great color. They were like she was: Delicate," Franklin said. "She was a good friend, a stalwart member of the community and an advocate for the arts."

Ellen Cates was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Cates Sr., who owned the Gibson-Cates Shoe Store in Ocala for several years.

Survivors include her son, Ray Cates Jr., of Ocala; daughter, Martha Louise Cates Buffington, of Monteagle, Tenn.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 910 E. Silver Springs Blvd. 
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  Ray A Cates (1911 - 2002)*
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Highland Memorial Park
Marion County
Florida, USA
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Record added: Jan 25, 2011
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Ellen <i>Earthman</i> Cates
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