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Joan (Hilton) Cates died August 16, 2013; she was 79 years old. The daughter of Katherine and Ian Hilton, Joan grew up with her younger brother Ian, surrounded by a large extended family.
Joan (Hilton) Cates
She attended Marysville High School and was an active participant in girls athletics. Joan went on to study art at Everett Junior College and the University of Washington, graduating with her bachelor's in art education. From there Joan taught middle school art for several years at Sumner, saving money for what would be one of her life's greatest adventures.
In 1957, Joan and her friend, Jean Sethe, took a ship to Europe, where they spent six months traveling, mostly by bicycle. While there, Joan connected with relatives in England and Germany and saw many of the great works of art she had studied in college. At the end of her six month tour, Joan decided to remain in Europe, and obtained a teaching position on an American military base in LiVorno, Italy.
After returning to the U.S., Joan met Judson Dewitt "Mike" Cates. They married in 1961. For much of their married life, Joan and Mike lived on their farm, "The Double Hawk Ranch" between Arlington and Marysville, WA. Joan was busy during those years raising their daughters, Mary Ellen, Margie and Sara, while continuing her art.
She painted throughout her life and exhibited her work in numerous regional shows. Many of Joan's early paintings reflected her love of the outdoors and featured scenes of Warm Beach, Ebey Slough, and the area surrounding Marysville and Everett. Joan returned to the University of Washington in the 1980's to continue her studies and earned a bachelor of fine arts.
In addition to her passion for the visual arts, Joan appreciated theatre and music, particularly opera, which she came to love while in Italy. She and Mike enjoyed many seasons of performances together at both the Seattle Opera and the Seattle Repertory Theatre.
Both artistic and athletic, Joan participated in a wide range of sports, including golf, tennis and skiing. Especially important to her were weekly walks with her friend, Ruth Munizza, which she enjoyed for many years.
Joan was preceded in death by her husband, Mike.
She is survived by her daughters and their partners: Mary Ellen and Andrew Barkley of Manhattan, Kansas; Margaret and Ray Freeman of Ferndale, WA; Sara Cates and Pedro Nunez of Kirkland, WA; and five grandchildren: Katie and Charlie Barkley, Tate and Ian Freeman, and Gaelin Nunez Cates. Survivors also include her brother, Ian Hilton and his wife, Nancy and their children, Heidi (Hilton) Jacobson and Jeff Hilton.
Joan's daughters would like to thank the staff at
Regency Care Center of
Arlington where she lived for the past six months. The love and care she received there will always be remembered.
A celebration of Joan's life will be held on Thursday, August 22nd at 2:30 p.m. at Rosehill Community Center, Mukilteo.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Everett Gospel Mission or Everett Community College Art Department.
Published in The Herald (Everett) from Aug. 20 to Aug. 21, 2013