Jonetta Cates

February 27, 1934May 9, 2020

Jonetta May (Hart) Cates, 86, of Shawnee passed away May 9, 2020. She was born February 27, 1934 in Barnsdall55, Oklahoma to Johnny and Wilma Hart. Jonetta was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed painting, gardening, and cooking meals for those who were sick or homebound. She and her late husband Dale were big supporters of OBU since 1975. Jonetta was a teacher for 20 years at South Rock Creek School. She was a long-time member of First Baptist Church in Shawnee where she enjoyed singing in the choir. She had a very close relationship with God and tried to serve him by teaching Sunday school with Dale to newly married couples. Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter and son-in-law: Carlise and Tim Nye; son and daughter-in-law: Byron and Deidra Cates; grandchildren: April and Shayne Waldon, Kyle and Ashley Cates, Christy and Chris Wilkes, and Keaton and Kayla Nye; and 9 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Byron Dale Cates; and her parents. A graveside service will be held, 11:00 am, Thursday, May 14, 2020 at Resthaven Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers the family request that a donation be made to the Dale and Jonetta Cates Scholarship Fund at Oklahoma Baptist University.


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Paula Capps-MacNeill

May 21, 2020

Jonetta was my cousin. She was always the "instigator" of games and fun when the Capps family would gather in Turley at Aunt Freda and Uncle Floyd's. She always had a twinkle in her eye and such an infectious laugh. I learned in later years about her painting. I was so surprised that the Christmas cards that I had kept over the years were her creation. Several times over the years she would call and say that they had drawn our card from their basket and that she and Dale would be praying for us that week. Such a warm, generous heart and mischievous spirit. Her family was everything to her.

Joy Washington (Sexton)

May 16, 2020

Dear friends,
Thoughts of your mom brings a smile to my face. She was a bright and lovely lady with the ability to charm all those she met. Dale and your mom were strong witnesses for a wonderful life of service to the Lord. I’m sure your hearts are heavy with sadness but rejoicing that she and your dad are together with Christ. My prayers are for comfort and strength during the coming days.
Blessings to you,

Dr. Donald and Janelle Rominger

May 15, 2020

Jonetta's obituary leaves so much more to be said.

My goodness, Jonetta had such a love for God! And a fervent desire for those who did not know Him to be saved. It was our privilege to sit beside her and Dale in Wednesday evening services, and her prayer requests were spot on; and her attention to worship profound.

Mrs. Cates was also a gifted artist; something she never promoted but for which was famous.

As most know, Mrs. Cates was a beautiful woman, but she was even more beautiful in character. We were unable to see Jonetta very much in her final days; and I will forever regret that. But we will rest in the knowledge that we will be reunited with her and Dale in heaven. She will be missed more than many will know.

Earleen Motley

May 14, 2020

It is difficult to write in this small section my thoughts about Jonetta. She was a prayer warrior and I experienced that first hand when she and Dale would draw my Christmas card and pray for me and my family throughout the year. She was a Christ-like example to everyone who knew her. She was a talented, hard working person with many gifts. I am the proud owner of one of her paintings that I cherish. She loved her Lord, her family, and her church family. It was a pleasure to have known her. I am confident her Lord has welcomed her in heaven saying, “Well done thy good and faithful servant.”

Carol Ann Bell

May 13, 2020

Jonetta was a dear friend. I will miss our Monday lunches and great conversations. I will forever miss her and her beautiful smile.

Ralph & Carolyne Bowles

May 13, 2020

The way Jonneta lived her life has always touched us in an inspiring way. We will forever miss her.

Ralph and Carolyne

Loretta Miller

May 13, 2020

She was a valued member of the First Baptist Churches Elizabeth’s Sunday School Class. We will miss her dearly.
Loretta Miller and Joel Ely

Vicki Marks

May 13, 2020

Mrs. Cates was such a beautiful person. I was privileged to have known her through my oldest daughter, who had her for a teacher at South Rock Creek. She was the type of teacher and person who left a positive, lasting impression on not only her students, but anyone who knew her. Heaven gained a good one. ❤️ She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers for her family.

Jim & Conchita Hansford

May 13, 2020

Conchita and I were so saddened to hear of Jonetta’s death. Her contributions to our church family at First Baptist these many years were truly invaluable. We loved Jonetta and will certainly miss her.


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