Patricia D. Cates, nee Olliffe, 70, of New Baden, Ill., born Aug. 31, 1946, in London, England, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, at her home in New Baden, Ill., after a long battle with cancer.
Trish (known as "Pat" to most of her friends) was a naturalized U.S. citizen and a member of the St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Shiloh, Ill. She was very active in the Cursillo movement of the Catholic Church, primarily in the Belleville Diocese, and a member of the Regional Team, consisting of part of Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. She was an integral part of many functions and committees within the St. Clare Parish and will be remembered by many for her unwavering faith and commitment.
Pat first came to the United States in 1985, as the spouse of an active duty Air Force member, Jett Cates. Together, they lived in Phoenix, Ariz., O'Fallon, Ill., again in England, then Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., and finally returned to New Baden, Ill., in 2000.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Maurice Olliffe, Doris, nee Palmer, Olliffe; and a brother, Joe Olliffe, all of the United Kingdom.
Surviving are her husband, Jett Cates; sister, Anita (Jimmy) Windebank of Kent, England; two daughters, Nicola "Nicky" (Ian) Higgs, and son, Leo, of Bedford, England; Renee (Jason) Holmes and daughters, Chloe, Kaylee, and Alyssa, currently stationed at Ft. Belvoir, Va.; and a number of nieces and nephews residing in the United Kingdom.
In lieu of flowers, food, and other gifts, it was Pat's specific request, and that of her family, that memorial donations be made to your local food pantry or to the St. Clare of Assisi Church Building Fund. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wfh-ofallon.com.
Pat has donated her earthly body to medical science, through St Louis University, to further education and research. During the last eight months of her battle, she also participated in a research study for treatment of pancreatic cancer.
Services: A celebration of her life will be at St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 1411 Cross Street, Shiloh, Ill., with Mass at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, with Rev. Jim Deiters presiding, followed by a visitation at the parish hall for friends and family.
WOLFERSBERGER FUNERAL HOME, O'Fallon, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Oct. 6, 2016