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Dorothy Mae Tate

October 13, 1928 ~ January 30, 2024 (age 95) 95 Years Old

Dorothy Tate Obituary

Dorothy Mae Tate, 95, of Kokomo, passed away on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at Ascension St. Vincent Kokomo.

Dorothy was born on October 13, 1928 in Mt. Vernon, IL, to the late Clyde Abernathy Compton and Blanche Marie (Waud) Compton-Hay.

On September 16, 1946 in KY, she married her high school sweetheart, Teddy "Ted" Lee Tate, who preceded her in death on January 10, 2022.  Surviving Dorothy are her children, Timothy (Norma) Tate of Kokomo and Jacqueline Harvey-Reum of South Bend; 5 grandchildren, Matthew (Kathleen) Harvey of Indianapolis, Troy (Leanna) Tate of Kokomo, Lisa (Charlie) Novak of La Porte, Tina (Jason) Buch of Russiaville, and Michael (Cheryl) Harvey of Fishers; 12 great-grandchildren, Bretta (Alex) Hessling of Farmington Hills, MI, Madison Tate of Indianapolis, Elisabeth Novak of Wheelersburg, OH, Rebekah Novak of La Porte, Jackson Harvey of Indianapolis, Rose Buch of Russiaville, Cara Harvey of Fishers, Brennan Harvey of Fishers, Weston Harvey of Indianapolis, Anna Buch of Russiaville, Kate Harvey of Fishers, and Brett Harvey of Fishers; unborn Great Great Granddaughter Hessling, as well as numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and sisters, Helen (Paul) Newland; Martha Reum; and Maggie (William) Stout.

Prior to her retirement, Dorothy was the secretary at Tate Model & Engineering, Kokomo, creating a convenient location for her grandchildren to stop by to visit, play on her adding machine, doodle on carbon-copy invoice forms that were unusable, or steal a cookie from the cabinet.  Beyond her occupation outside the home, Dorothy was known for her ability to fix just about anything!  She was a skilled seamstress, taught by her mother, from a young age.  Dorothy made clothing for herself, her children, as well as her grandchildren.  She even assisted a few great-grandchildren in their sewing skills.

Dorothy loved sitting on her porch enjoying nature, whether it be viewing the Wildcat Creek from the sunroom of her previous home, viewing Lemon Bay from her Florida home, or viewing her flowers from the porch of the current home.  In prior years, you would often find Dorothy traveling in her golf cart among the fields and woods of their farm, often searching for Ted or observing God's creation.

Dorothy enjoyed sipping coffee from her various teacups, particularly her favorite pink floral china cup.  She will be fondly remembered for always having ice cream in her freezer, chewy orange slices and cookies in jars on her counter, and Tupperware labels in her kitchen drawer!  Dorothy's grandchildren enjoyed getting her to laugh, because once she started, she would get so tickled at herself that her laughter just continued until tears formed!

Dorothy accepted Christ at a young age and was ready to meet Jesus face to face.  She spoke that she longed to see her name in the Book of Life.  For many years she attended Bible Baptist Church, Kokomo, until health issues didn't allow such.  Later, she attended First Baptist Church, Russiaville, where she was warmly welcomed, especially after the passing of Ted.  Dorothy treasured the dear relationships that were created at First Baptist.

A time of visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at Stout & Son Funeral Home, Russiaville.  Burial will follow at Barnett Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made, in Dorothy's honor, to The Gideons International Processing Center, PO Box 97251, Washington, DC 20090-7251 or to First Baptist Church, 260 W Main St., Russiaville, IN 46979.

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February 3, 2024

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Stout & Son Russiaville Chapel
200 E. Main St.
Russiaville, IN 46979

Celebration of Life
February 3, 2024

2:00 PM
Stout & Son Russiaville Chapel
200 E. Main St.
Russiaville, IN 46979


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