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Margaret Keyes Clark Tate (1918 - 2014)

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Margaret Keyes Clark Tate

Nashville, TN

Born November 29, 1918, in Louisville, Kentucky. Died at age 95 on January 8, 2014, in Nashville. Graduated from Ward-Belmont Junior College 1937 and Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism 1939.

Predeceased by adored husband of 67½ years, James Solomon Tate, Sr. Keyes freelanced for The Courier-Journal (Louisville) and had published letters to the editor in three states and Costa Rica where the Tates built a retirement residence and commuted for five years in the 70s. She was appointed to the Louisville Board of Education in 1964 and served for four years. Volunteer work included co-founding a high school leadership program, Youth Speaks, whose inter-faith, inter-racial board she headed for five years. She conducted workshops making Chrismons (Christ monograms for Christmas trees) in three states. In 1965 the Younger Woman's Club of Louisville named her Citizen Laureate. Bible study and Sunday School teaching were top priorities. Keyes and Jim were avid travelers, enjoying more than 45 Elderhostels along with European riverboat and ocean cruises. She was a member of the First Baptist Church Sojourners Class, the Centennial Club and the James Robertson Chapter DAR.

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

There will be a celebration of her life at First Baptist Church on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 3 p.m., preceded by visitation with the family at 2 p.m.

The family expresses grateful appreciation to those who graciously and selflessly cared for our loved one: Dr. John Gibson, Dr. Lee Fentriss and the nurses and staff of Richland Place.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Heifer International, Doctors Without Borders or the . Woodbine Funeral Home Directors, 615-832-1948. Still Family Owned.

Published in The Tennessean on Jan. 10, 2014
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