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Georgia Louise Cates resident of Ponca City, OK and Glendora, California went to her eternal home on June 12th, 2019, surrounded by her loving daughters. She was 86 years of age. Georgia was born on December 29th, 1932 in Great Bend, Kansas to George and Goldie Lacey. Her family left Kansas when she was very young and moved to Needles, California, finally settling in San Bernardino, California. Though she would live in various states throughout her life, Southern California was always "home" for her. While living in the Chicago area she met the one true love of her life, Thomas Miller Cates, they were married shortly after, and were only parted by death.
Georgia had a rewarding career working at City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, California for 36 years. Tom and Georgia enjoyed traveling and took their daughters on trips throughout the U.S. and Europe. When Tom passed in June of 2004, Georgia moved to Ponca City and divided her time between her homes and family in Oklahoma and California.
She continued to travel and shop, two of her favorite hobbies, until just days before she passed.
She is survived by:
3 daughters: Tina Zidich of Glendora, California, Anita Hanor and husband Mac of Newburgh, Indiana, Tomi Faulkner and husband Steve of Ponca City, Oklahoma.
6 grandchildren: Paula Zidich, Christy Walther and husband Todd, Lindsey Hobbs and husband Brian, Abbey Adcock and husband Brent, Shelby Faulkner and Steven Faulkner.
10 great grandchildren: Aaron, Ben, Casey, Dakota, Dayton, Parker, Scarlett, Nora, Asher and Willow. Also surviving her is her honorary grandson Andrew Estep and her sweet little dog Mindy.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, her loving husband, and her precious dog Ziggy.
Donations can be made in her honor to:
City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, California.
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