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Wanda Louella Addington Cates, 88, went to be with the Lord on September 3, 2012. Wanda was born in Wilson, Oklahoma on September 26, 1923 to Otis and RoyFaye Addington. Wanda married Karl Cates on December 23, 1943 and they were married for 52 years. Wanda spent 32 years as a teacher and counselor. She received her B.A. from Baylor University and her Masters from Trinity University. Wanda taught at Rye Elementary, Kruegar Middle School, Hardin, Cotulla, Edison, Burbank, Jefferson, Highland, MacArthur, Roosevelt High Schools and Trinity University. Wanda's accomplishments include: Speech and Drama teacher, Head of the English department, Secondary school counselor, High school administrative assistant and Dean of Girls, School Board Member, UIL judge, Founder and member of the North San Antonio Retired Teachers Association of Texas, Past President and board member of the San Antonio Speech Arts Association, Lifetime member of the Texas PTA, a judge for both the San Antonio and San Marcos Junior Miss programs, member of Northside Baptist Church for 50 years, Sunday school teacher, church clerk and choir soloist. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Karl Pittman Cates, her parents Otis and RoyFaye Addington, her loving stepmother, Jean Addington, and her brother Robert Addington. She is survived by her children, Pam White (Wayne Ayer), Bubba Cates (Cindy Smith), Dana and her husband Bruce Berlin; daughter-in-law, Bernadine Carter grandchildren Kim, Karl, Danny, Kelli, Austin and Paul; and her great grandchildren Sophia, Ella, Kate, Abigail and Jake. Pallbearers will be her 6 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at Mission Park Funeral Chapels North on Monday, September 10, 2012. Visitation 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, service 12:00 PM. She will be buried with her husband at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetary.
In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Wanda's memory be made to Grace Hospice of Texas. 340 N Sam Houston Parkway E. Suite 101, Houston , TX 77060.
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3401 Cherryridge San Antonio, TX 78230
Published in Express-News from Sept. 7 to Sept. 8, 2012