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El Dea Tate


El Dea Tate, 81, of Oklahoma City passed away peacefully in her sleep in the early afternoon on Tuesday May 28th at Heritage Point Memory Care after a life filled with love and laughter.

El Doris Elizabeth Reese was born on July 10th, 1937 in Henryetta, OK to Leslie Reese and Opal (Smith) Reese. After graduating from Binger High School, she married Donald Buck Tate on June 4th, 1955 in Wheeler, Texas. In 2002, she married Joe Ed Tate 21 years after her beloved Donald’s passing. She spent her life as a caregiver to her family, children, and grandchildren as well as countless friends and animals, and as a lifelong servant of Jesus. She was a member of North MacArthur Church of Christ. Along with her husband, she owned Tate’s Food Market on NE 23rd St in Oklahoma City. She was a painter and a gardener who made life beautiful. To know El Dea was to know grace, care, love, bravery, and strength. She made everyone feel welcome, accepted, and safe, and her legacy lives on through her family.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald Tate. She is survived by her 2nd husband, Joe Tate, her children D’Liza Wilkerson, Danny Tate, and Franna Elmore, and her siblings Kathryn Land, Joe Reese, and Elton Reese. She was the grandmother to five grandchildren: Amanda Wilkerson, Sarah Hammack, Reese Davis, Abby Ku, and Hazel Tate. She leaves behind 5 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.

Funeral services will be held at North MacArthur Church of Christ in Oklahoma City at 1:00 PM on Monday, June 3rd and will be officiated by Tim Lewis. She will be laid to rest at Binger Cemetery in Binger, OK later that afternoon. In lieu of flowers, her family invites you to make a donation in El Dea’s honor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, an organization that was always close to her heart.

Services were held at North MacArthur Church of Christ, 9300 N MacArthur Blvd, OKC, OK 73132, Monday, 1:00 PM, June 3, 2019. Graveside Services were held at Murray Cemetery, Monday, 3:30 PM, June 3, 2019, Binger, OK. Officiated by Mr. Tim Lewis and Mr. Dan Davis

Services entrusted to Turner Funeral Home, Hinton, Oklahoma.

The Hinton Record

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