Dorothy Elizabeth Cates, known to all as Dotty, of St. Clair, MO, departed this life at her home on June 12, 2018, having reached the age of seventy-two years, seven months and fourteen days. Dotty was born in Sullivan, MO, on October 28, 1945, daughter of George Cecil Love, Sr. and Velma Maggie Love nee Shadrick. On June 5, 1965, she was united in marriage to Richard Leo Cates, known to all as Leo, and one son came to bless this union.
Dotty is survived by her son, Richard D. Cates and wife, Patty, of Washington, MI; by her brothers, George Cecil Love, Jr., known to all as Cecil, and wife, Karen, of St. Clair, MO, Eddie Love and wife, Peggy, of Sullivan, MO, Jackie Love and wife, Laura, of Sullivan and Boyd Love and girlfriend, Sandy, of Sullivan; by four sisters, Irene Wall and husband, Jim, of St. Clair, Sharon Liggett and husband, Joe, of Marshall, MO, Vera Quade and husband, Curtis, known to all as Butch, of St. Clair and Lisa Mann and husband, Steve, of Sullivan; by her sister-in-law, Shirley Goodman and husband, Ray, of Spring Bluff, MO by her brother-in-law, John Reed of St. Clair; by her grandchildren, Megan Moore and husband, Robert, of DeSoto, MO and Anthony Cates and fiancé, Krisi, of Festus, MO; by four step-grandchildren, Melanie Heard of Bellingham, WA, Danielle Sax of Eureka, Mo, Jada Nicholson of Washington, MI and Alyssa Nicholson of Washington, MI; by one great-grandson, Hunter Moore of DeSoto, MO; by nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.
Dotty was preceded in death by her parents. George, Sr. and Velma Love; by her husband, Leo Cates, and by two sisters, Betty Jennings and Margaret Reed.
Dotty was a Christian having been raised in the Baptist faith and believing in the Lord as her Savior. During her working career she was employed as a machine operator at both Von Wiese Gear Company and St. Clair Die Casting, both in St. Clair, MO. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Chapter 96, St. Clair, MO. She was also a past member of the St. Clair Jaycees. Dotty loved to go deer hunting, fishing for crappie and collecting old Avon bottles. What meant most to her was time spent with her family. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will forever live in their hearts.
A kind and loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, step-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great and great-great-aunt, cousin and treasured friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.
Memorial services were held at 7:00 PM Monday, June 18, 2018, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Jim Watson officiating. A private committal will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Make-A-Wish Foundation.