In Loving Memory…

Juanita Pate

Juanita Doris Pate, 87, of Sedalia, passed away Thursday, February 8th, 2018, at Sylvia G. Thompson Residence Center.

She was born November 13, 1930, in Benton County, daughter of Pearl L. Ulmer and Elsy (Davis) Ulmer. She had four siblings, Lawrence Lee Ulmer (Alice), of Warrensburg, Stanley Ulmer (Mary Catherine), of Sedalia, and was preceded in death by her brother, Clay Ulmer, and sister, Leona Rose.

She was married to William Lewis Pate. They were married 45 years til the time of his death, April 21st, 1993. In love and with love they raised four children and one grandson together. Surviving are two children, Rita Siegel, of Lee’s Summit, Mark Pate, of Sedalia, and grandson, Christopher Crouch. She was preceded in death by her son, Gary Pate, and daughter, Connie Potter.

Juanita loved her four children and joyfully welcomed her 10 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, cousins and extended family into her arms with love.  Juanita did not have just friends, they were family to her, as many people referred to her as mom or grandma. She retired from Safeway after working there for over thirty years, greeting everyone she met with a smile. Although she met so many people her one true passion was her family. She loved taking care of them, especially cooking for them. She enjoyed getting up and going for drives just to see the sights. She loved her dog Scooter, who preceded her in death. Juanita also enjoyed gardening and going to family reunions to celebrate. She volunteered at a variety of places including church food banks and was a bell ringer for The Salvation Army.

She carried unimaginable strength with her every day. Our lives have all been enriched and we are grateful for the life and love of this truly great woman, Juanita Doris Pate.

Casket bearers will be: Jason Pate, Dakota Pate, Dalton Pate, William James Siegel, Jeramiah Gross and James Driskell.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, February 12th, at Heckart Funeral Home, with Pastor Ted Francis officiating.

Burial will be in Highland Sacred Gardens.

Visitation will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, February 11th, at Heckart Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to: Children’s Mercy Hospital, 2401 Gillham Road, Kansas City, MO 64108, and can be left at the funeral home.


  1. Phyllis Ann Turounet :

    Juanita was a wonderful, loving cousin and will truly be missed.

    I have so many special memories of Juanita. She was such a caring person with a beautiful smile and a laugh that I will never forget.

    When I lived in Sedalia for a short time, Juanita was there for me to make sure we were welcome. She included us in every family get-together, introduced us to her church, and was always there for me.

    My thoughts and prayers are with Juanita’s wonderful family. She loved her family so much.

    Goodbye’s are not forever.
    Goodbye’s are not the end.
    They simply mean we will miss you
    Until we meet again.

    With Love,
    Your cousin, Phyllis

  2. My prayers are with the Pate children and grandchildren even great grandchildren. Sincerely Kathy Gross

  3. Sherry Woodman :

    Juanita was a wonderful lady! I’m so sorry for your loss. She will be sadly missed. Prayers for the family

  4. Chris and Kelly Naylor :

    Juanita was a wonderful woman and we were privileged to have had her a part of our lives. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered always. Love always Chris Alan and Kelly

  5. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I have loved Juanita since I met her when I was a child. She will be greatly missed. God bless and keep her and bless this family also.

  6. Mark, Rita and Chris. I am very sorry for the loss of your beloved Mom, Grandmother.
    I loved growing up as her neighbor and seeing the love she had for her family. She was one if a kind. Beautiful person inside and out.
    Treasure your memories.

    Linda Griffith Noble

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