Patricia 'Pat' Jane Tate, 95, of Tipton, passed away on Monday, April 2, 2018 in Cedar Manor, Tipton, Iowa. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018 at 10:30 am, First United Methodist Church, Tipton. The Rev. Jenny Seylar will officiate. Burial will follow in the Red Oak Cemetery, Stanwood, Iowa. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 5 from 4:00 to 7:00 at Fry Funeral Home, Tipton. A memorial fund will be established to the United Methodist Church in Tipton. Online condolences may be shared at www.fryfuneralhome.com.
Patricia Jane Canfield was born August 25, 1922 at her maternal grandmother's home in Polk City, Iowa. Her parents were George Martin Canfield and Nona Thankful Van Dorn. She attended elementary school in Polk City and graduated from Sheldahl High School in Sheldahl, Iowa in 1939. Patricia, her mother, and sister Grace had moved to Sheldahl so Nona could operate the switchboard for the Sheldahl Telephone Company. Patricia also worked the switchboard after school and on weekends.
After high school, Patricia went to Des Moines where she worked doing housework for families and taking care of their children. When WWII broke out, Patricia took a job at the ordinance plant in Ankeny. Her job was to inspect the .50 and .30 caliber bullets before being sent to the military.
When the war was over, Patricia went to work at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in Des Moines. She married William Deane Tate on May 18, 1947 in Sheldahl, Iowa. They moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Bill worked for the Oliver Farm Equipment Company. Their first child Marsha Elaine was born there in 1949. Oliver transferred Bill to Council Bluffs, Iowa and then Dennison, Iowa where their son William Dennis was born in 1951.
Oliver transferred the family to Des Moines, Charles City, then back to Des Moines where their youngest daughter Judy Lee was born in 1961. Six month later Oliver transferred them to Tipton, Iowa which is where Patricia would live the rest of her life.
Over her life Patricia has belonged to Heart Mothers, PEO, various church circles, and United Methodist Women. For her children participated in Tipton Music Auxillary, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4H, and Ikabana. Her family includes her daughter Marsha, her son Bill and wife Marcy, and her daughter Judy McVay and husband Steve. Patricia has four grandchildren: William DawsonTate, Jenny Marie Moore, Nicholas Michael McVay, and Justin Lee McVay. She also has two great grandchildren: Maya and Jasper Neymeyer. Gone before her are her parents, her husband, and her sister Grace Gibbons.
Pat is survived by her daughters, Marsha Tate of Muscatine, Iowa and Judy (Steve) McVay of Center Point, Iowa; her son, Bill (Marcy) Tate of Lisbon, Iowa; 4 grandchildren, William Dawson Tate of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Jenny Moore of Marion, Iowa, Nicholas (Raegan) McVay and Justin McVay of Center Point, Iowa; great grandchildren, Maya and Jasper Neymeyer; and sister, Dorothy Daugherty of Ralston, Nebraska. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sister, Grace Gibbons.
Marsha, I am so sorry for your loss. Cherish your memories! Karen Bennett Hux
Our sincere sympathy to all the family. We were friends and neighbors for many years. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Wayne & Bonnie Deerberg
We have many fond memories of Pat and we will miss her smiling face and her kindness. Our thoughts and prayers are for all of you at this very difficult time. With love, Ken and Sylvia Gould
We are so sorry to hear about Pat. We will miss seeing her at the Van Dorn Reunion--she was always there and so glad to see everyone. Don has been having health problems and so we will not try to come tonight or tomorrow. May God hold your in His arms and keep you in His care. We send our love.
Don & Velma Reese
Judy & family - Prayers for peace and comfort during this difficult time. May your hearts be filled with beautiful, loving memories....Beth Kapinski-Cawiezell
Judy and family, my sympathy to you all.Your Mom was a wonderful lady. Always a smile and hug from her and kind words. A very loving and caring friend. Hugs to all God Bless..Deb (Salmonson) Eisele
May I extend my sympathy to you in the loss of your mother, I am unable to attend your memorial
service. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Peg Adams
Judy and family you are in my thoughts and prayers. Your mother will be missed by all but her memories will live on your hearts. Hugs my friend.
Marsha, Bill, and Judy - My deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your mother. You lived across the street from us (the Kerns). I would see her out walking when my mother still lived on Cedar St. May your mother rest in peace
My sincere condolences to the Tate family. I was Pat's mail lady for several years! She was such a special lady! Always glad to see me and always a smile! So sorry I won't be able to attend her visitation to meet you all in person. God bless you all!
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