|Birth: ||Mar. 9, 1932|
|Death: ||Dec. 16, 2005|
Anita Joan Emma Pate
Services for Anita Joan Emma Pate are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005 in the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service. She will be laid to rest next to her husband in Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home on Wednesday, Dec. 21, from 12-8 p.m., with family receiving visitors from 5-7 p.m. that evening.
Anita passed away Friday, Dec. 16, 2005. She was 73. Born March 9, 1932 in Kenaston, Saskatchewan, Canada to Joseph Adolph and Anna Swanson Sather, Anita was reared and educated in Penticton British Columbia. Immediately following her schooling, she began working for her father in the dry cleaning business. He had stores in both Kamloops and Penticton, British Columbia. She eagerly gained knowledge of the ins and outs of dry cleaning business from her father. This would serve her well in the years to follow.
While visiting Seattle, Wash., Anita attended a dance and it is here that she met her future husband, Theron Pate, who was stationed there in the Navy. In 1954, they were married and son after, made their first home in Jacksonville, Fla., where Theron was reassigned. Later, the family moved to Long Beach, Calif. and shortly thereafter, Lakewood, Calif. Anita opened her first dry cleaners in Long Beach, using the talents taught to her by her father. The family moved to Carson, Calif., where Theron retired from the Navy. Anita began teaching and training handicapped adults the various aspects of the dry cleaning profession while working for Goodwill Industries. She was recognized by then-Govenor Ronald Reagan for her excellent work with the handicapped. They then moved to Oklahoma in 1974, settling in the Tiawah area.
It wasn't long after their move that Anita started working again in the cleaning business. She realized that owning her own cleaners was the best way to insure proper care and attention for her clients. So in 1976, Anita opened Ann's Cleaners and operated it until 1991, when she sold it to her son, Tim. She even continued to help out for the next seven to eight years.
Although the cleaners was a big part of Anita's life, it didn't come close to the importance she placed on her family. Her children were her first priority. She valued the time that she spent with them and enjoyed all the activities they participated in. She made sure they were at each practice and game and she set in the stands and was always there to cheer them on. Anita enjoyed watching television and playing cards. She played cards with the same group of ladies for more than 20 years. Anita was a hard worker and always a step ahead of everyone. Her work ethic was second to none. She took pride in taking care of her family. This wonderful wife, mother and grandmother will be missed by all her treasured family.
Those who survive are her children, Theron Pate Jr. and wife, Michelle of San Juan Capistrono, Calif., Therena Morris and husband, Larry, Thomas Pate, Timothy Pate Sr. and wife, Connie, all of Claremore; grandchildren, Theron Pate III (Trey), Devon Morris, Alyssa Morris, Steven Morris, Amy Schmittauer, Kari Schmittauer, Timothy Pate Jr., and Gregory Pate; great-granddaughter, Kelly Ann Schmittauer; siblings, Palmer Sather, Ralph Sather, Gloria Thomas, Gladys Kemp, Sharon Edwards, all of Penticton, Everette Thompson and Gregg Thompson, both of Vancouver British Columbia, Linda Thompson Ruck of Kelowna, British Columbia.
Anita was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers, five sisters, and one granddaughter.
As published in the Claremore Progress.
Theron O. Pate (1931 - 1986)
Created by: Abby Normal
Record added: Feb 12, 2008
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