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Margaret Keyes Clark Tate

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TATE, MARGARET KEYES CLARK, born November 29, 1918, in Louisville, died at age 95 on January 8, 2014, in Nashville, TN.

She graduated from Ward-Belmont Junior College 1937 and Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism 1939.

She was predeceased by beloved husband James Solomon Tate Sr. after 67½ years of what she called a storybook marriage. Keyes freelanced for The Courier-Journal and had many letters to the editor published in three states and Costa Rica where the Tates built a retirement residence and commuted for five years in the 70s. She was cofounder and president 1952-1956 of a school leadership program, Youth Speaks. She was a member of The Woman's Club of Louisville and Highland Mothers Club. She was appointed to the Louisville Board of Education in 1964 and served for four years. In 1965 she was named Citizen Laureate by the Younger Woman's Club.

She is survived by children, Gay Tate Vekovius, (Al) Flippin, AR, Christy Keyes Tate Smith (Fox) Brownsville, TN, Lucy Tate Majors (Larry) Estill Springs, TN and James S. Tate Jr. (Anne) Nashville, TN; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

There will be a graveside service at Cave Hill Cemetery to be announced. Arrangements: WOODBINE FUNERAL HOME Directors 615-832-1948, Still Family Owned.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Heifer International, or the .

Published in The Courier-Journal on Jan. 11, 2014
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