Kate Pate Walker

Published 4:34 pm Thursday, December 27, 2012

   Kate Pate Walker was born in Vidor, Texas on November 3, 1922 to the late Frank and Doris Thompson Pate.  At an early age, her family moved to Sour Lake, Texas where she remained until graduating from Blackshear High School.  She then moved to Port Arthur in 1940 where she met her future husband, the late G. W. Walker, at St. Paul Methodist Church.

   During WW II Kate Pate joined the US Army and served her country in France as a member of the WAC.  After an honorable discharge from military service, she returned to Port Arthur and married G. W. Walker in January 1946 after his discharge from the US Navy.

   Kate Walker was a Sunday school teacher at St. Paul for over 40 years.  She also served her community as a volunteer worker at the United Board of Mission for over 30 years, president of the United Methodist Women, served on District and Conference of United Methodist Women, member of the Senior Citizens Group, member of the Esther Wesleyan Joy Circle, member of the Community Flower Club, member of the Women Interdenominational Association, worked as Velma Closet volunteer for RSVP, register of deed for the Pride of Port Arthur, and a good friend to all who needed a friend.

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   She leaves to cherish many loving memories her children, four sons; Frank (Cathy),  Michael, Reginald (Virginia),  and Raymond (Cora); two daughters, Valerie Marsh (Dunstan) and Janice White (Howard); three sisters, Bernice Williams,  Ruby Hankins, and Dorothy Brailsford;  one brother, James Pate; a special friend, Ernestine Lee; 14 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews,  cousins,  neighbors, friends and the St. Paul United Methodist Church Family.

   Services will be held at St. Paul United Methodist Church on Saturday at 11:00 am with visitation to be held at 9:00 am.  Burial will immediately follow at Live Oak Memorial Park.

   Final arrangements entrusted to Hannah Funeral Home, Inc.