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 Nan <I>Carpenter</I> Cate

Nan Carpenter Cate

Death 2010 (aged 85–86)
Burial Big Spring, Howard County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 49448844 · View Source
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BIG SPRING Nan Carpenter Cate, of Verhalen, Texas, passed away peacefully following complications of pneumonia on Sunday, March 7, 2010, in Fort Worth, Texas. Born on May 8, 1924, she was preceded in death by her son, Bruce; parents, Ed J. Carpenter and Hilda Favor Carpenter; and brother, Edward Carpenter.

She is survived by her husband, Alfred Cate of Verhalen; son Michael Cate and daughter-in-law Suzanne of Granbury, Texas; daughter Molly Peterson of Breckenridge, Texas; daughter-in-law Carolyn Carson Cate of Pahoa, Hawaii; grandchildren, Hilary Cate Ackerman and grandson-in-law David of Austin, Robin Cate of Dallas, Gabriel Cate and granddaughter–in-law Allison of Shreveport, La., and Kory Peterson and Kelly Peterson both of Lubbock; and two great-grandchildren, Soren and Caya Cate of Shreveport. She is also survived by her sisters Patty Winters of Plainview, Betty Barr of Big Spring and Elaine Carpenter of Austin, and many nephews and nieces and friends.

Visitation will be at Nalley-Pickle Funeral Home in Big Spring, Tuesday, March 9, 6:00-8:00 p.m. A graveside service will be held at Peace Chapel, Trinity Memorial Cemetery, Big Spring, Wednesday, March 10, at 10:30 a.m. A memorial service will be held Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 at First UMC, Pecos, Texas.

Nan valued family above all else in her life, which was filled with accomplishments and interests. Earning a degree in Home Economics (Foods and Nutrition) from Texas Tech College in 1945, she went on to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville on a graduate fellowship. However, before finishing her fellowship she married her high school sweetheart, Alfred Cate.

While raising her family Nan worked as co-manager with Alfred of Cate Grocery and Market at Vincent, Texas, and later as bookkeeper at Verhalen Mercantile. A lifelong learner, she was very involved in the Modern Study Club of Pecos, serving as president two different terms and being selected as Outstanding Club Woman of the Year 2006 for the Western Division of the Texas Federated Women's Clubs. She researched and presented many programs on international affairs.

She was a woman of great faith who loved the United Methodist Church especially for its strong emphasis on education and social justice. She served in United Methodist Women for many years, leading them as president for several terms.

Nan served as the County Extension Agent for Reeves and Loving counties from 1980-'82. Pursuing her love of learning, she went back to college at Sul Ross University earning 27 hours in English, History and Math. Her love of reading, especially history, was matched by her love of playing bridge. She and Alfred belonged to several bridge clubs in the Pecos area.

Above all her other accomplishments, Nan prized her family. Her husband Alfred, children and grandchildren all know they were loved unconditionally by her. Her influence is strong in all their lives. Her memory will serve as a guiding force to do justice, love, kindness and walk humbly with God

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  • Added: 9 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 49448844
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Nan Carpenter Cate (1924–2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49448844, citing Trinity Memorial Park, Big Spring, Howard County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Anonymous Child (contributor 47197869) .