Martha Frances "Fran" Pate

December 23, 1930 ~ May 5, 2015

Martha Frances "Fran" Pate, 84, of Butler, Pennsylvania, passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Hospice at Concordia.

She was born December 23, 1930 in Duplin County, North Carolina to the late James Tommie Teachey and Lydia (Harrell) Teachey.

Fran was a former member of Calvary United Presbyterian Church and Trinity Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed square dancing and was a member of the Butler Two-Steppers. Fran was a County-Western line dancing teacher at Tanglewood Senior Center well into her 80's and she especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Fran is survived by three sons, Ernest W. Pate, Jr. and his wife Betty of Butler, PA, Kenneth Pate and his wife Cynthia of Chicora, PA, and Ronald Pate and his fiancee' Heather Plyler of Slippery Rock, PA; six grandchildren, Jennifer L. Tuft and her husband Chris, Heather Pate, Danielle Pate, Brittany Pate, Macie Pate, and Braden Pate; three great grandchildren, Christian, Tyler and Haley.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest W. Pate, Sr. whom she married on December 21, 1951 and who passed away on December 29, 1997 and also by two sisters.

Friends will be received Friday, May 8, 2015, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm at Thompson - Miller Funeral Home, Inc., 124 East North Street, Butler, PA.

Funeral services will be private.

Private burial will take place in the Butler County Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to a charity of the donor's choice.




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