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Julie Anna Cates

Born: 7/24/1958

Died: 7/27/2003

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Julie Anna Cates, 45, of Kingston, Oklahoma passed away July 27, 2003 in a Dallas hospital. She was born July 24, 1958 in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

Julie was raised in Dickson, Oklahoma on a small farm. She graduated from Dickson High School in 1976 and then attended Southeastern University in Durant.

On May 26, 1978, she married Terry Gable at the First Baptist Church in Dickson. They remained married until 2002. In July 1979, they moved to Valdez, Alaska, where she worked for the Alyeska Pipeline Terminal at the Port of Valdez. Her free spirit loved Alaskan life with the wild and free frontier, which went along with her love of nature and animals. She loved fishing for salmon and halibut, playing softball in the summertime, boating, canning fish and game, and making moose jerky; but her love for her family and special children brought her back to Kingston.

She was the great-grandaughter of Choctaw original enrollee Margaret Mahalia Cochanauer.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Gladys Carlson of Bokchito, Oklahoma.

Survivors include a son, Greg Richardson, Texas; father, James E. Cates of Ardmore; mother, Patricia L. Cates of Ardmore; two brothers, Michael Cates of San Francisco, California and Chris Cates of Ardmore; three sisters, Toni Hignight of Kingston, Teresa Carpenter of Lone Grove, Oklahoma and Laura Pack of Ardmore; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, great-niece and great-nephews whom she cherished deeply.