CUTLER – CUTLER – Isabel Farris Cates went from being surrounded by her loving family into the arms of her Lord and Savior, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. She was born July 7, 1924, in Cutler, the daughter of Lila (Maker) and George Sumner Farris.
Isabel graduated from Washington Academy in 1942, and went to work in Connecticut during the war. She later returned to Cutler, where she lived all of her adult life. During her stay at Marshall Healthcare, all of the residents were asked to tell their life stories. In hers, Isabel related that she was married to Jasper Cates Jr. for 62 years, and listed her achievements as keeping a clean house, and taking care of her husband and children. She also said her interests were canning, church, Beano and reading the newspaper. She retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1989, having first served as a postal clerk and then as Cutler’s postmaster, where she enjoyed talking with the post office patrons.
Isabel is survived by her sister, Priscilla Look of Harrington; her brother, John Farris and his wife, Ruth, of Cutler; and sisters-in-law, Jackie Farris of Salisbury, Mass., Bernice Farris of Bangor, and Mara Rebhan of California; a brother-in-law, Gerald Cates and his wife, Ida, of Cutler. Isabel leaves her five children, Wayne, Stephen, Cynthia, Brian and Kimberley. Wayne’s family includes his wife, Marcia, with their children, Wayne Jr., wife, Dana, and daughter, Kaissen; Amanda Holcroft and husband, Richard; and daughter, Kelsey. Stephen’s includes his wife, Pauline, their son, Steve, and daughter, Joanna Liberatore, her husband, Tony, and daughters, Alexa and Alana. Cynthia’s family includes her husband, Terry Rowden, their two daughters, Belinda Lemieux and husband, Nick, and their sons, Ryan and Jackson, and Rebecca Sinford and husband, Lee, and children, Chelsea, Sarah and Jacob. Brian’s family includes his wife, Wanda, and their sons, Jeremy and his wife, Charlene, and two children, Ethan and Isabel, and Joshua and wife, Laurie, and children, Lucas, Max and Avery. Kimberley’s family includes her husband, Kevin Gardner, and children, Trevor, Channing and Patrick. In addition to the love she had for her family, Isabel treasured the friendship of Wally and Sherm McCaslin. She was predeceased by her husband, Jasper Cates Jr.; and two brothers, Bobby and Gordon.
A celebration of Isabel’s life will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 at Cutler Methodist Church, with a time of fellowship in the undercroft immediately after the service. The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Isabel’s memory to Cutler United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 233, Cutler, ME 04626. Condolences and memories may be shared with the Cates family by visiting their book of memories at www.mcclurefamilyfuneral.com.