LeDorie Ernestine Tate

June 2, 1924May 3, 2021

LeDorie Ernestine Tate, 96, of Evansville, passed away on Monday, May 3, 2021 at Garden Villa Nursing Home in Bloomington, Indiana. She was born on June 2, 1924 to Ernest Bean Sr. and Mary LeDorie (Vinson) Bean.

Ernestine attended Bevier-Cleaton High School in Cleaton, Kentucky. There she met the love of her life and married Ardice Tate in May 1942. Since there were no cell phones during World War II, Ernestine and Ardice would pray each evening at 8 o’clock. This way they were together while being separated. Ernestine was a woman of strong faith. She attended Heritage Baptist Church, in Evansville, where she taught Sunday School classes and attended Women’s Prayer Groups. Ernestine was quick to share her faith with everyone she met. She retired at the age of 65 from The Baby Shop,

Ernestine was preceded in death by her husband, Ardice Tate; her daughter, LaQuita Darlene Phelps; and her brother Rev. Ernest Bean, Jr.

Ernestine is survived by daughter, LeDorie Schulz (Robert) of Oak Lawn, Illinois and son, Richard Tate (Lou Ann), of Bloomington. She had 7 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. CDT on Monday, May 10, 2021 at Alexander East Chapel, 2115 Lincoln Avenue, in Evansville, IN officiated by Pastor Alan Jackson with a Graveside Service to follow at 1:30 p.m. CDT at Rose Hill Cemetery in Central City, Kentucky. Friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. CDT until service time at the funeral home. Ernestine’s service will be livestreamed beginning at 10:45 a.m. CDT. Please visit the following link,


  • LeDorie Schulz (Robert), Daughter
  • Richard Tate (Lou Ann), Son
  • Ardice Tate, Husband (deceased)
  • Ernest Bean Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Mary LeDorie (Vinson) Bean, Mother (deceased)
  • LaQuita Darlene Phelps, Daughter (deceased)
  • Rev. Ernest Bean Jr., Brother (deceased)
  • LeDorie also leaves behind 7 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild to cherish her memory.


  • Visitation

    Monday, May 10, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, May 10, 2021


  • Burial

    Monday, May 10, 2021


LeDorie Ernestine Tate

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Judy Hall

May 8, 2021

Mrs Tate and her family were wonderful neighbors and friends to my family (Mackeys) as we were growing up. She was a special lady. My condolences to the family.

Judy Hall

Kelsie Gregg

May 6, 2021

To My Mimi,
Thank you for all of the pancake and bacon breakfasts and the grilled cheese and tomato soup lunches. Thank you for the afternoons of SkipBo and Jeopardy while my mother’n daddy were at work. Thank you for loving me and Ava and being such a beautiful person. We love you, Mimi.

Kelsie and Ava

Ralph & Sharon Springer

May 6, 2021

Praying for the family. We know she is with our Lord and so many loved ones who have gone before her. It has been over 30 years since we were transferred to the Nashville TN area but I can still see Ernestine and the Tate's as we came to worship the Lord and hear from His Word. Love in Christ Ralph, Sharon, Jeff & Jennifer Springer