Mary E. Tate

Graveside inurnment for Mary Evelyn Tate, 82, Lawrence, will be 2 pm, Friday, at Washington Creek Cemetery.

She died Sunday, November 12, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Mary was born April 11, 1935, in Lone Star, KS, the daughter of Fred C. and Cora B. Hoover Flory.  She graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in 1953.

She was a lifelong member of the Lone Star Church of the Brethren.  Mary enjoyed knitting and crocheting.  She belonged to a knitting group for over 50 Years.  Mary was a true fan of KU Basketball.  She enjoyed visiting with her cousins at their monthly lunch.

Mary married her husband of 64 years, Lanny R. Tate on October 4, 1953, he survives of the home.

Other survivors include their children Steven Tate(Susan), Silver Lake, KS, Susan Turner, Lawrence, Dawn Tate(Terri Jacobson, Caregiver), Lawrence; grandchildren Demetria White (Warren), Eudora, KS, Megan Whitney (James), Pittsburg, KS, Pete Turner (Rachel) Lenexa, KS, Lauren Tate (Bill), Kansas City, MO, Elijah Turner, Lawrence, KS; Great grandchildren, Maliya White, Zoey White, Audrey Whitney; Flory sisters, Irene Williams, Jacksonville, FL, Belle Nelson, St. Augustine, FL, Lucille Batson (Jim) McPherson, KS.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents, and siblings Francis Flory, Lucinda Rose Flory, Ben Flory, Lois Hanna, and Virgil Flory.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Living Opportunities (CLO), sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

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Messages & Condolences

From Janet Means...

Dear Lanny and family, I was shocked to hear of Mary’s passing and am so sorry for your loss. My heart hurts for all of you but I know you have many, many beautiful memories of a lovely lady. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

From Denise Pettengill...

Dear Lanny, Steve, Susan, I have many fond memories of time spent with your family. Her smile and laughter will long be remembered. I am thinking of you in this time of loss.

From Michael and Monica Chavez...

Dear Steve and Sue,
Monica and I are saddened to hear about the passing of your Mom. Our Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Our deepest condolences.
Sending our love,
Michael and Monica and Family

From Jim Czupor...

Dear Lanny,
Sending my deepest condolences to you and your family on the news of Mary’s passing. So glad I got see and visit with you both last month at Lawrence High School. I’ll always remember Mary’s smile and positive attitude.

From Mary Demeritt Gordon...

Dear Lanny and family,
I was very shocked and saddened to hear of Mary’s death. She was happily leaving the hospital to go home on Friday. I just couldn’t believe it when Caroline told me.
Mary always had a smile that would light up the room and make everyone happy. She was a friend to everyone who knew her.
I send my deepest sympathy to you and your family. It is still hard to comprehend. Love, Mary Demeritt Gordon

From Lisa, Bob and family...

Steve, Susan, Megan and Lauren, our thoughts are with you all at this sad time. We send our love!

From Rhonda Flory-Bruce...

I was so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. I never remember a time I went to church and not laughing and talking with her. She had a great sense of humor and will be missed by everyone. My thoughts and prayers to Lanny, Steve, Susan and all their families.

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