Margret Sullivan Pate


Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2005


  Margret Sullivan Pate

Margret Sullivan Pate

Longtime Homer resident Margret Sullivan Pate died Saturday morning, Sept. 24, 2005, of natural causes at her son's home in Homer surrounded by her family. She was 94.

Friends of Mrs. Pate are asked to join in a celebration of her life from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Quarter Deck of Land's End Resort in Homer.

Mrs. Pate was born on June 20, 1911, in Clatskanie, Ore. She traveled to Alaska in 1942 and worked in Anchorage for the Corps of Engineers on what was originally to be a one-year contract. She married John Pate, and they moved to Homer in 1952 with their two children, Mike and Patty.

The family homesteaded on the Anchor River in 1958. Mrs. Pate served as territorial magistrate and established Pate Insurance Agency, which she operated until selling it to her son and his wife, Kathy, in 1976.

Mrs. Pate shared her husband's passion for the community, and over the years gave back to Homer by serving in many capacities. She was on the boards of directors for the Public Utility District and later the Homer Electric Association, the Homer Chamber of Commerce, the Pratt Museum, the Homer Senior Citizens and the Homer Public Library. She also served on the Homer Planning Commission for many years and was a member of the Pioneers of Alaska and the Homer Emblem Club. She recently deeded the majority of the family homestead to the Heritage Land Trust.

Mrs. Pate had many interests, including her garden, spending time at her treasured Bear Island cabin and reading.

"She was fortunate and delighted to be able to travel throughout the world, visiting and learning about other cultures from which she gained a true sense of fulfillment," her family said.

"Margret lived a life of loving kindness and compassion. She gave selflessly to her family, friends, community and state. Her greatest source of joy was her family and friends, and especially her cherished grandchildren. She was so grateful for the love and kindness that surrounded her in Homer. Simply being in her company and knowing her enriched us all.

Mrs. Pate was preceded in death by her husband, John.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Kathy Pate and their children, Erin, Kelsey and Michael of Homer; daughter and son-in-law, Patty Pate and Jerry Owens and their son, Jason of Rapid City, S.D.; niece, Patricia Hitchman of Olympia, Wash.; and nephews, Jack Beckwith of Portland, Ore., and Allen Renaker of Cambridge City, Ind.

A fund in Mrs. Pate's name is being established with the Homer Foundation for future support of the community she loved.

Arrangements were made by Homer Funeral Home.

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