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In Loving Memory of Patsy Jean Cates Patricia Kambur

Thank you for visiting this memorial to the life of Patsy Jean Cates (also known as Patricia Kambur). Although Patsy struggled with mental illness and homelessness during the last two decades of her life, she held on to fierce will to live and desire to be respected. Although her illness did not allow many people to get to know her over a long period of friendship, she cared deeply for others and appreciated the kindnesses of others. I hope you will join me in honoring her memory here and my making any type of donation to NAMI that will help make a difference for others struggling with life's journey.

Obituary: Patsy Jean Cates (also known as Patricia Kambur) died at the age of 77, in an automobile accident on November 15, 2013, in Morgan Hill, California. Patsy, the youngest daughter of Dora (Massey) and William Voss Cates of Malvern, Arkansas, was born on February 18, 1936. She is survived by her daughter and granddaughter, Pamela (58) and CateLee Kambur (14) of Portland, Oregon, plus cousins, nieces and nephews, many of whom live in Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her dear parents, her sisters (Edith and Inez) and her brothers (Glen and J.F.) Patsy had a passion for music and learning; many may remember her as a young piano teacher and an accomplished accompanist for church singing groups. Married and divorced at a young age, she supported herself and her daughter by working as an administrative assistant, living in San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Santa Monica, California. During her second marriage to Herbert Shipman of Colorado, they made their home in La Mirada, California. Throughout her life, she valued the importance of life-long learning, including college coursework, travel, and staying up on current events. Although she spent most of her life in California, she grew up near Amity, Arkansas and requested that her ashes be brought back home to her final resting place. An informal memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2014, 10:00 am, at the Sweet Home Church, near Amity. Friends and family are invited to come share their memories of Patsy’s life with her daughter and granddaughter. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to the National Association for Mental Illness at www.nami.org/myNAMICause/Memorials/PatsyCates-PatriciaKambur

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