Susan M. Pate, 65

Susan M Pate, 65, passed away July 16, 2021 after a 10 year battle with Alzheimer’s.

Born Nov 4, 1955 in Boynton Beach, FL, she grew up in Charlotte & Rowland NC. Susan is survived by her husband of 47 yrs, Tommy Pate, daughters, Erin Lewis, Chiusi, Italy and Robyn Lela Pate, St. Augustine, FL, step-mother, Nancy Whittington, brothers Johnny, Max, Dean & Doug Whittington. She was preceded in death by her mother, Elizabeth Gibbs Whittington, father, John H. Whittington and brother, Andy.

Susan worked part time in banking, as a receptionist & church secretary but her passion was being a devoted wife and mother. She was very active in her church, teaching Junior High Sunday School and leading kids musicals. Susan used her beautiful voice as a soloist and continued to sing hymns even after being unable to communicate through speech.

A Celebration of Life will be held on July 30, 2021 at Legacy Christian Church, Lakeland. Visitation at 2 p.m. and service at 3 p.m. with a light meal following. A very special thank you to all our friends and family that helped with Susan’s care and the amazing staff at Merrill Gardens at Champions Gate, who lovingly cared for Susan the past 2 years. Condolences may be sent to the family at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes.