With extreme sadness, the family must announce the passing of our dear mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Jean Cates passed away at age 92 on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005 at Rainycrest Home for the Aged in Fort Frances, Ont.
Jean was born in Ottawa, Ont. on Sept. 6, 1913. The second eldest of six children, she moved with her parents and siblings to Rainy River District at the age of 13.
The family settled in the Township of Kingsford. Jean received her education from a school in Ottawa and from Kingsford #2 School.
On Oct. 3, 1935, Jean was united in marriage at Emo, Ont. to George Albert Cates. Three days prior to George’s death, they had celebrated 68 years of marriage.
She leaves to mourn her children, Eric (Shirley) Cates, Allan (Lenore) Cates, Grace (George) Bird, Glenda (Louis) Quesnel, and Linda (Morris) Begin; as well as 14 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Gladys Smith; special cousins, nieces, and nephews; and brother-in-law, Melvin Cates.
Jean was predeceased by her loving husband, George Albert Cates, on Oct. 6, 2003; her parents, William Allan Smith Sr. and Edna Laura (Hodgins) Smith; sisters, Ruby Smith and Edna Armstrong; and brothers, Charles Smith, William Allan Smith Jr., and Robert Smith.
She was a special lady, devoting her entire life to her family. She enjoyed gardening, berry-picking, and preserving the vegetables and fruits of her labour.
Mom and Dad had many friends. They were generous in opening their home to visitors and giving to the needy.
In Jean’s earlier years, she enjoyed cooking, knitting, sewing, and bowling. She was a member of the Golden Age Bowlers’ Club and a longtime member of the Barnhart branch of the Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario.
Mom was such a loving, devoted, and gentle person. Her motto in life was “Sacrificing has never hurt anyone.”
We love you, Mom. Your days of labouring are now over. Rest in peace.
The funeral service was held Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005 at 2 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, with Rev. Marietta Marshall officiating.
The pallbearers were six of her grandchildren, Wendy Banks, Douglas Cates, Luc Quesnel, Gilles Quesnel, Janet Smith, and Jason Begin.
The honourary pallbeares were all of Jean’s wonderful friends.
Interment took place Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005 at Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances.
In memoriam donations may be directed to Rainycrest Home for the Aged, East Wing, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3T2.
God looked around His garden
And found an empty space;
He then looked down upon this earth
And saw your tired face.
He put His arms around you
And lifted you to rest;
God’s garden must be beautiful
He only takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering,
He knew you were in pain
He knew you might never
Get well upon this earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough
And the hills were hard to climb,
So He closed your weary eyelids
And whispered, “Peace be thine.”
It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you never went alone,
For part of us went with you
The day God called you Home.