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LINCOLN -- Mary L. Pate, 82, of
Springfield, died Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at Vonderlieth Living
Center in Mount Pulaski.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friday
at Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Home in Lincoln.
Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral
home, with the Rev. Richard Stiltz officiating.
Burial will follow in Jacksonville East Cemetery,
Mrs. Pate worked as a line boat cook for the Iowa
Marine Barge Co. for several years and retired in
1987. Prior to that she was a longtime chef at the
Springfield Supper Club.
She was born July 10, 1927, in Jacksonville. Her
parents were Charles and Emily Bell Campbell. She
married William M. Pate, and he preceded her in
death on Sept. 21, 1984.
She is survived by her sons, Rodney (and wife
Linda) Pate of Springfield and Randy (and wife
Tammy) Pate of Auburn; her daughters, Becky Pate of
Springfield, Debbie Murphy of Pawnee and Sally (and
husband Jerry) Hampton of Springfield; five
grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and
several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by one brother and
She was a member of the First Baptist Church in
Mary loved to cook. She enjoyed going to garage
sales, watching soap operas, visiting with her
grandchildren and refereeing her children. Her
family was very important to her, and she made it a
point to keep them together.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's
Association and will be accepted at the funeral
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