Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Lila Cates of Kingston died Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at her home. She was 78.
A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, at the United Methodist Church in Kimball with Rev. Mike Nelson officiating. Visitation was from 4-7 p.m. at the church Sunday and one hour prior to the service at the church Monday. Interment was at the Kimball Cemetery following the service.
Lila Jean Cates was born to Sidney and Elnora (Ranberg) Almquist Oct. 28, 1932, in Minneapolis. She grew up in Minneapolis as a young girl, and the family then moved to Annandale where she finished her high school years. April 1, 1950, Lila was united in marriage to Dale Cates in Minneapolis. Together they made their home on a farm near Kingston where they worked hard and raised their six children.
Lila enjoyed spending time with her family and her friends. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of her life, and often brought a smile to her face. She could often be found crocheting, quilting, cooking, baking, and making bread. She loved traveling, snowmobiling, fishing, games, cards, and puzzles. But most of all, she enjoyed camping with her family on the holidays at the Cates Campground, recalling the many fond memories that they have all shared.
Lila was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband Dale; son Robin; grandson Paul; great-grandchild Kelly Jean; and brothers-in law Lloyd Prigge and Frank Hoeft.
She is survived by her children Kim (and Maxine) of Kingston, Mike (and Julie) of Kingston, Kristi (and Robert) Taina of Dassel, Karen (and Ron) Rasmussen of Kingston, and Perry (and Christine) of Atwater; daughter-in-law Jody Cates of Annandale; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; brother Jim (and Marilyn) Almquist of Wayzata; and sisters Geraldine Prigge of Elk River, and Janet Hoeft of South Haven.
Arrangements were by Johnson Funeral Home of Dassel.