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Lucille Marie (Richardson) Kates(1922-2012)

Lucille Marie Richardson Kates, 90, of Terre Haute, Ind., formerly of Pacific Junction, died Nov. 17, 2012, at home, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Private services were held Nov. 21, 2012, in Terre Haute.
She was born March 19, 1922, in Pacific Junction to Gene and Katie (Curtis) Richardson. She was raised on a farm and attended her first eight years of school at the old Bethlehem County School west of Pacific Junction. She graduated from the Pacific Junction high School in 1939.
Shortly after graduating, Lucille married Henry Kates, who later served in World War II. They had a daughter, Judy and two sons, Kenny and Rodney.
In 1954, they moved to California and resided in the El Monte area for three years, before resettling in Terre Haute. Here they had another son, Michael.
Lucille and Henry owned and operated Kates Floor Services for many years. She also attended beauty school and had a small shop in her home for a short time.
Lucille was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Seelyville, Ind., and had a strong, true faith in God.
She was a kind, loving, gracious woman, who loved her family and spending time with her grandchildren. Until her health started failing, she loved being in the yard and messing with her flowers. She was always there for the family and friends with a loving heart and willing ear.
Her husband, Henry died in 2001 and she remained in their home until her death. Also preceding her in death were many members of her family, including her parents; sisters, Mary Kates, Patricia Wilson and Mae Yvonne Iles; brother, Claude; her oldest son, Kenny; son-in-law, Loren O'Neal; infant granddaughter, Heather; niece Barbara Konfrst; and nephews, Ronald and Robert Kates.
She will be greatly missed and is survived by her remaining three children, Judy, Rodney and Michael; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Published in The Opinion-Tribune on Dec. 5, 2012
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