Mrs. W.S. (Josie) York Pate
Submitted by Donnie Pickard
Van Buren County Democrat
March 26, 1936
Mrs. W. S. Pate
Mrs. Josie Pate, wife of W. S. Pate, passed away at her home here in Clinton at 1:30 o'clock Saturday morning, March 21, 1936 following a stroke of apoplexy at 5 o'clock Wednesday morning, from which she never rallied. Impressive funeral services were conducted at the local Methodist church by her pastor, Rev. E. G. Kaetzel, at 3 o'clock that afternoon and burial was in the Clinton cemetery in charge of Pence & Son of Conway.
Mrs. Pate, nee York, was born at Clinton, where her entire life was spent, Nov. 7th. 1869, and was 66 years, 4 months and 14 days old at the time of her death. In early womanhood she engaged in the teaching profession and was a most talented musician, devoting many years of her life in instructing others in the art she love so well.
On October 15, 1892, she was united in marriage with W. S. Pate, the ceremony being read by Captain J. H. Fraser in the church which stood at the foot of the hill. To this union seven children were born, six of whom-four boys and two girls-with the husband and father, survive, as follows: Jim, Bruce, Tom and John Pate, and Sallie, now Mrs. Claude Whillock, and Nell, now Mrs. Virgil Lefler, all of Clinton.
Mrs. Pate was a quiet, unassuming woman, and everyone who knew her loved her, and was a splendid mother and wife and spent her life in useful work. Living the life she did, she prepared herself for that life beyond the veil, where death has no terrors and where all other earthly worries and cares are forgotten.
Her death has brought deep sorrow to the immediate family, to her dear relatives and has cast a gloom of deep mourning over all her personal friendships and attractions. Surviving in addition to the immediate family, are a sister, Mrs. Mary Jane Hatchett of Alvord, Texas; seven grandchildren, Mrs. Eileen Shannon, Roy Gene, James and Finton Pate, Dickie Lefler, Ruth and John Bruce Pate; an aunt, Mrs. Maggie Wilson of Heber Springs; and a great aunt, Mrs. Sarah Hatchett of Ada, Okla.