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Mary F. Cates

July 17, 1943 ~ May 11, 2020 (age 76)

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Fayetteville, NC- Mary Louise Franks Cates passed away peacefully on Monday, May 11th, 2020.

She is survived by her son, Mark T. Cates and wife, Lori Cates of Piney Point, MD; her daughter, Tracie Cates Kling and husband, Steven Kling of Fayetteville, NC; her grandson, Zackery J. Cates of Portsmouth, NH; and brother, Robert G. Franks of Fayetteville, NC.

Mary enjoyed water aerobics with her sister and best friend at The Spa; showering her family and friends with homemade edible delights and gifts from QVC; family gatherings and annual Christmas cookie baking. She was an animal lover and frequent contributor to the World Wildlife Fund as well as the American Cancer Society. Having many health challenges, her desire to live and maintain wellness was a valiant example of durability and grit. She was a red-headed, green-eyed beauty with the fiery attitude to match. We can’t imagine this world without her but will forge on as kind, respectable human beings in her honor and loving memory.

A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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