Lucille KATES
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NEWPORT NEWS - Lucille Wright Kates, 97, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, at The Newport.
She was born in Newport News, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Wright. She was a graduate of Newport News High School and Blackstone College in Blackstone, Va.
She was an active clubwoman and served as president of the Woman's Club of Newport News, 1962-1964, when the club moved from West Avenue and before it was at its current location on J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Until her final illness, she was knitting caps for the club's project of supporting women and children in a refugee facility in Africa. She was a member of St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Newport News.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley W. Kates.
Survivors include her daughter, Suzanne Edwards and her husband, Robert; granddaughters, Dr. Cary Edwards Moore and her husband, Brett of Newport News, and Dr. Christine Edwards Dittrich and her husband, Darren of Dallas, Texas; great-grandchildren, Allison, Natalie and Sophie Moore, and Rylie-Mae and Spencer Dittrich.
The family thanks the staff at The Hidenwood and The Newport, for their kindness and attention to Lucille; and to St. Stephens Episcopal pastors and the women's group, Daughters of the King, for their visits and spiritual support.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 1, 2010, at Peninsula Memorial Park, officiated by the Rev. Scott Baker.
Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

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Published in Daily Press from Oct. 29 to Nov. 1, 2010.
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November 3, 2010
All of the Yevak Family have fond memories of your mother and father. I still wear a sweater that she made for me when I was 15 (many yesrs ago). Mother and Daddy cherished their close friends Lucille and Wesley. Now they are all together again having a good ole time. love to you and your family,
Shannon Yevak Leskin
Shannon Yevak Leskin
October 31, 2010
My thoughts, sympathy and prayers go out to Suzanne, Bob and the entire family of Mrs. Kates. May God be with them and comfort them.
Clarence Hargus
October 30, 2010
May God Bless and warmly greet Lucille in heavenly life with her loving husband Wesley,
Fond memories of you both dear friends from many years past.
Prayers and thoughts to family at your time of sadness and loss of your Mom and Dad here on earth.
Love in Christ.
Reverend Dr Jim & Danielle Lehman
October 29, 2010
Mrs. Edwards, Robert, Cary, Chris and Family:

Carol and I wish to express our condolences on the death of your mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. I know you take comfort in her long and fruitful life and have many warm memories involving giving of herself to her extended family.

Russell and Carol Weaver
October 29, 2010
I am so sad to hear this news. Both she and her husband were such dear people and were always so kind to me whenever I visited with Chris. She will be very missed.
Jennifer Hirschhorn
October 29, 2010
Cary and Family, So sorry to hear of your grandmothers passing. May God keep you close and your Mother even closer. Prayers.
Rose & Kari Wiggins
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