Mary Ann Tate

Mary Ann Tate (Horne)

Monday, October 12th, 1925 - Thursday, September 24th, 2020
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Mary Ann Horne Tate, 94, passed away on Thursday, September 24, 2020. Mary Ann was born Monday, October 12, 1925, in Wallins Creek, Kentucky, the only child of the late Maynard and Anna Lyon Horne. She graduated from Coeburn High School and received a nursing degree from the Medical College of Virginia.
Her family was Mary Ann’s first priority. Mary Ann and George’s marriage was characterized by; devotion, respect, and founded in their faith in God. She adored her children and grandchildren and supported them with her presence at various events whenever possible. Her faith was evident by her service to her church, First United Methodist (Salem).
She was always doing for others and her kindness was evident in all she said and did. She found joy in her gift of cooking and loved sharing meals with friends in need, family gatherings, and celebrations. She was known for her VT tailgates and sharing her friendship bread. Mary Ann was a tremendous sports fan in addition to being an athlete herself. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her dear husband of 67 years, George Straley Tate, Jr., and her daughter-in-law, Catherine Crush Tate.
She is survived by her children, Robert Tate, Richard Tate (Susan), Lynne LaPierre (Bruce); grandchildren, Sarah Lewis (Bryan), Andy Tate, Kelly Rutledge (Adam), Carter Tate (Dima), Nicole Teichman (Joe), Reid LaPierre, Taylor Arkema (Matt); and 10 great-grandchildren.
The family is so very grateful for the special friends and devoted caregivers for sharing their love and support.
Surrounding current circumstances a private graveside service will be held with Mrs. Tate’s family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice, or perhaps consider doing a random act of kindness in her honor.
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Frances Bruce

Posted at 09:00am
Mrs. Tate was a wonderful woman. I feel blessed that I knew her.
Fran Bruce

Jackie Farley

Posted at 04:26pm
When David and I moved to the Roanoke Valley 22 years ago, we didn't know anyone. Your mother Mary Ann was so welcoming to me. She was so kind to always talk with me at the Dental Auxiliary meetings. I have very fond memories of her telling stories and making me feel at home. Extending our sincere condolences to you and your extended family. Jackie Farley

Mary Rae

Posted at 11:51am
Anna, Elizabeth and I would like to extend our condolences to all the family in the passing of your beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt. That famous twinkle came straight into mind as we learned the news. May God keep you all in his care during these days, these times.

Patricia Slough

Posted at 03:48pm

I just want to extend my sympathy to you in the passing of your mother.

Denise Farris

Posted at 04:52pm
It was a true gift to be one of the caregivers for both Dr Tate and Mrs Tate...I am so grateful to the Tate family for sharing these two Beautiful people with me...When you walked into their home you could feel the love... I will always remember and smile every time I think of the twinkle in Mrs Tate’s eyes when she would get tickled at something I said or did.... My thoughts love and prayers are with the entire Tate family

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