Obituary: Annie Josephine Tate

Annie Josephine Tate, 87, passed peacefully into the Lord's hands on April 23, 2009 at her daughter's home surrounded by loving family.

Annie was preceded in death by her son, Dickey Joe Tate, her husband Kenneth (Dick) Tate, her parents, Patrick and Alice Glavin, five sisters and two brothers.

She is survived by her daughters Carolyn Tate, Nancy Gourley, Dorothy Tate, Sarah Nutt-Garrett her husband Kurt, and her son Martin Tate, nine grandchildren, and eighteen great-grandchildren all of Carson City. She is also survived by brother-in-law, Joe Fee of Petaluma, Calif., sisters-in-law, Shirley Glavin of Fremont, Calif., Francis Standley of Twin Falls, Idaho and numerous nieces and nephews.

Our mom was born June 10, 1921 in Bellevue, Alberta, Canada. At three months old, the family moved to Spokane, Wash. where she attended Saint Aloysius Catholic School. During her teen years the family moved to Kimberly, Idaho, where she attended high school and beauty school. She met and married her husband Dick, July 29, 1939 and started her family with the birth of her first son Dickey Joe Sept. 1, 1940. They moved to California where they lost their first son at the age of two. They continued raising a family of five, moving to Carson City Oct. 31, 1961. Our mom was a gifted seamstress and owned several alteration shops in Carson. She made clothes and quilts, crafted dolls, and crocheted, not only for her children, but also her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was known by many names including Mom, "Ma Tate", Grammy, Grandma, GG, Aunt Annie, and Sis. The happiest times of her life were the hours she spent cooking and caring for her family. She had a great sense of humor and entertained her family for many hours with stories of her life during the depression and World War II. She had her own way of pronouncing words and phrases, we called it Anniebonics, but we always knew what she meant. We will miss her laughter, loving heart and Irish ways. She was Irish through and through and so we make this toast to her. "May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine upon you face, the rains fall soft upon your fields, and, until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

The family would like to thank the staff of nurses and CNAs that loved and cared for our mom at Evergreen Carson City and Vista Care Hospice for their support and understanding during mom's final days.

A Mass of Christian burial will be 6:30 p.m., Saturday at St Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, 3000 N. Lompa Lane, Carson City, Nevada. Capitol City Cremation & Burial Society has been entrusted with the arrangements. A private interment will follow at a later date.

Donations may be made in her name to St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church or Vista Care Hospice.

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