Martha Jane Pate, age 86 a longtime Cushing resident, passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2009 at the Drumright Nursing Home.  Prayer services will be held 7:00 p.m., Wednesday at the Palmer Marler Funeral Home.  Graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday at the Pate Cemetery, Cushing.  Arrangements are entrusted to Palmer Marler Funeral Home, Cushing.

Martha was born on January 15, 1923 in Parsons, Kansas to the late Joseph and Fern Lucy (Primm) Keller.  She grew up and attended school in Parsons, Ks.  Martha married Harry Samuel Pate on January 17, 1941 in Pratt, Kansas, to this union six children were born.

They lived in Kansas and later moved to Oklahoma, living on the family homestead.  Martha loved taking care of her children.  She also took care of many other children.  Martha ironed clothes for many in the community.  She liked to crochet, cook and take care of her flowers.

Martha loved to read the newspapers everyday and would cut out many articles and give to others.  She was a very good woman with a big heart.  After her children were raised, she liked to go fishing with her husband.

Martha is survived by her sons Larry Pate of Cushing, Samuel Pate and wife Chris of Boise, Idaho, daughters Carol Childers of Cushing, Brenda Nicholas and husband Vernon of Drumright, Diana Hopkins and husband Danny of Cushing, twenty grandchildren and thirty great grandchildren, and also survived by the Butler Family.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents, husband Harry Pate, daughter Veronica Pate, two sisters Barbara Osburn and Josephine Sutton, brother Joseph Pate Jr. and one granddaughter.

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