Dora “Jane” Cates, 95, of Rayville, died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, at Excelsior Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Jane was born on March 19, 1925, in Memphis, the daughter of Ray and Myrtle (Ralph) Richardson. She was united in marriage to Delbert L. King of Rayville on Nov. 25, 1945. He preceded her in death on Nov. 17, 1987.
She married Lloyd Cates of Excelsior Springs on Oct. 2, 1988. He preceded her in death on Aug. 6, 2012.
Survivors include: nieces and nephews; stepchildren, Ann Crumley, Jim (Brenda) Cates, Brenda (Wes) Crawford, David (Denise) Cates, Joe (Deborah) Cates, Jeff (Rose) Cates; step-grandchildren; step-great-grandchildren; and step-great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, three brothers and three sisters.
Jane grew up on a farm near Baring. She worked at the railroad station in Rayville during World War II as a telegraph operator. After the war, she worked at various jobs in Excelsior Springs, at the plastic plant, at a doctor’s office and the Linda Lane Sewing Factory.
Jane was a member of the Rayville Christian Union Church. Her church and her church family were important to her. She enjoyed the outdoors and loved bird watching. She will be missed dearly by her family and friends.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Rayville Christian Union Church. They can be left at or mailed to Thurman Funeral Home; 507 E. Main St.-P.O. Box 190; Richmond, MO 64085.
Private family graveside services took place on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at the Old Union Cemetery, east of Lawson. Rev. Mark Bickford officiated. A celebration of life will be held at a later date at the Rayville Christian Union Church.
Please remember to share your memories of Jane with the family by visiting www.thurmanfuneralhome.com.