Dorothy Louise Stephens Cates, our beloved mother, sister, and our “MAW,” went to sleep in death on Sept. 14, 2013, in Mineral Wells, awaiting the resurrection. She was a resident of the Palo Pinto Nursing Center. She was 81 years of age.
Dorothy was born on May 5, 1932, to Charles and Edna (Nelson) Stephens in Strawn. In the '40s she was married to William Dearl Herring who was the father of her five children. She married the love of her life, Douglas Edward Cates, on Oct. 7, 1960, in Amarillo.
Graveside services were 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at Santo North Cemetery.
She is survived by son and daughter-in-law: Matt Lewis and Debbie Herring of Gatesville; daughters and son-in-law: Darla Gayle and Roger Foreman of Santo, and Patty Guzman of Mineral Wells; daughters-in-law: Rosemary Herring of Leander, and Pam Herring of Granbury; 18 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren and one on the way; numerous nieces and nephews; and her special children that she felt were her own and she loved: F.L. Herring, Darla Hopkins, Joe William Herring and Donna Ford; and brother: Marvin Stephens of Fort Worth.
She was preceded in death by her brothers: Joe Thomas, James Paul, and Dale Edward Stephens; sister: Myron Luna; sons: William Dearl (Bill) Jr. and Joe Lee Herring; and her husband: Douglas Edward Cates on Oct. 11, 1992.
She was a home health care giver for most of her life, but her real joy and job was service in the Christian Ministry of Jehovah God. As a Jehovah’s Witness she went all over the county door-to-door declaring the good news of the Bible and the hope of a promised better future for all who took to heart Jesus Christ’s message, just as Jesus did.
The family wants to thank the nurses, aids, and all the staff at Palo Pinto Nursing Center for the love and care given to her. Also thanks to the Palo Pinto Hospice staff: Teresa, Sheila, Denise, and Rhonda who took such loving care of her especially at the end. Thanks to Walter Davis, David Snider, and Roger Kuhn for the graveside service. Also a thank you to Linda and Jason from the funeral home. We will greatly miss her until we see her again.
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Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home