Mary Elizabeth Tate


Mary Elizabeth Tate was born on July 25, 1921 to the late James and Mary Garnes in Gallipolis, Ohio. Preceding her in the death were her parents James and Mary Garnes; husband William H. Tate; Dossie (Retta) Hugh; Ella, William and Anna Garnes; Minnie (Nelson) Scruggs; Ora (Zeb) Gibson; Gracie; James Jr.; brother-in-law Donald (Thelma) Tate and daughter Tonya Tate; grandsons Demetrius Gordon and Keith Jameson; 4 Nephews; 1 Niece; and special friends Thelma Demmons and Mildred Robinson.

Mary moved to Columbus, Ohio at the age of sixteen from Gallipolis, Ohio. She married the late William H. Tate on July 22, 1945. Mary worked at Timken, Marzetti’s Restaurant, and Children’s Hospital. She retired from Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA) Defense Supply Center Columbus (DSCC) and became a Home Daycare provider for several years. Mary’s hobbies were baking, cooking, and planting lots of flowers. She was a lady of many crowns and never met a stranger. Mary was a women with a good spirit and a million dollar smile. Her famous quotes were, “I feel like a million dollars and don’t have a quarter” and “No fool, no fun, glad I can be one”. Mary fed many of the neighborhood children and was a grandmother to everyone. She was former member of Good Samaritan Baptist Church where she served as an usher, nurse and member of the missionary board. She was also a member of Clair United Methodist Church where she served on the nurse’s board.

Left to cherish Mary’s memories are her children Patricia Tate, Larry Tate, Denise Tate, and Vickie Tate-Crenshaw, 12 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren, 22 great-great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, many more family members, and a special friend Margaret Franklin all of whom she loved dearly.

Visitation 10:00 AM and Funeral Service 11:00 AM Thursday, March 19, 2020 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.

Interment Dayton National Cemetery

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Condolence Messages

  1. We are saddened to learn about your family loss.
    May the God of all comfort help you to endure this time of sorrow. May your love one rest in peace.

  2. Maria Montague

    Very sad to learn of moms passing . The Steinbrunner’s are surrounding you with hugs and love. Our prayers for your family , Love Maria

  3. Tate Family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of you all’s Matriarch! She was definitely the Queen if her Family, but I know for a fact that she earned and deserved her Title. Now God has called her to her Heavenly and I don’t think, I know she will preside as a Queen in her heavenly home. I knew Granny and she was by far one of the sweetest, kindest ladies. To my grandkids, I know you will miss her, just remember her beautiful smiles and good advice and the love she radiated and especially when you’re feeling troubled. God don’t make many as kind as Granny, I loved that Great lady. God Bless you all.

  4. Annette Steinbrunner

    Our hearts are heavy after learning of mom’s passing. Sending prayers of peace and comfort to the family in this difficult time.
    Lots of love, Annette and kids

  5. To the Tate family so sorry for your loss of your mom being knowing you all Denise and your other siblings for quite some while, you and your family have my deepest condolences may the most high give you all peace with love Betty Tucker wade.

  6. She was my mom also she was a bless and a sweet lady l will miss her dearly sorry for your lost I know how you feel love you

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