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Miller Memorial Chapel

1120 West Goshen Ave, Visalia, CA

OBITUARY

Eara Mae Tate

April 21, 1934June 3, 2019

Eara Mae Tate, 85, went home with our Lord Jesus on June 3, 2019 with dignity and grace, surrounded by family. Our angelic mother was loved by all who knew her. Mae always pointed out something good that might have come from a bad situation. Her optimism, emotional strength, courage, and love for life was astounding. She lived by God's words, “Treat others as you would want them to treat you.” Being the caring, loving lady she was, forever trying to encourage those who were down and out, and working hard to instill confidence in her family members was exhaustive, however, she continued to be our “rock.” Her love for God was never-ending. Her kids would often hear her praying in the middle of the night. Mae was born to William and Odie Tidwell in Bokoshe, Oklahoma, moved to the San Joaquin Valley during the dust bowl era, when she was young, and they all worked as farm laborers, picking every type of fruit and vegetable they could. They later moved to Lamont, CA, and lived in a labor camp. Competing with the boys and men, especially while picking or chopping cotton, was something she took pride in. Maybe that's what made her the tomboy she was, and so atheletic. Years later, Mae worked at Bailey Manufacturing Co. making (sewing) jeans. Having the innate sense to help others, she then became a nurse's aide at Kaweah Delta Hospital, and obtained her LVN license while there, working for over 25 years before retiring. Mae loved going to church when she could, quilting, gardening, and outings with the family. Often, family and friends would request her famous beans and cornbread. Our mother was preceded in death by her husband Randall Tate; her mother and father, William and Odie; her sister O'Letha Wilkerson; and her brothers, Lonnie, Drillis, and Allen Tidwell. Mae is survived by her seven children: Raymond Trammell (Kathy); Bonnie Christian (Gary); Sherry Shaw; Terry Russell (Sherry); Randall Tate Jr (Denise); Tracie Navarrete; Stacie DeHaven (Jeremiah); 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; her sister Sharon Buckles (Allan); her sister-in-law Cindy Tidwell; and many nieces and nephews. Our hearts are broken to lose such a fantastic, beautiful lady, but we can rejoice because she's no longer in pain, and we know where she is! In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Optimal Hospice, or to the Cancer Society. Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2019 from 4 – 8 p.m. at Miller Memorial Chapel, 1120 W. Goshen Avenue in Visalia, CA. Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 10 a.m., also at Miller Memorial Chapel of Visalia. Reverend Emzy Cope will officiate. Interment will follow at Visalia Public Cemetery District, 1300 W. Goshen Avenue in Visalia. Tributes and condolences may be made at www.millerchapel.com. Arrangements entrusted to Miller Memorial Chapel, 1120 W. Goshen Avenue, Visalia, CA (559) 732-8371.

  • FAMILY

  • Mae is survived by her seven children: Raymond Trammell (Kathy); Bonnie Christian (Gary); Sherry Shaw; Terry Russell (Sherry); Randall Tate Jr (Denise); Tracie Navarrete; Stacie DeHaven (Jeremiah); 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; her sister Sharon Buckles (Allan); her sister-in-law Cindy Tidwell; and many nieces and nephews.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Richard Buckles
  • Bryan Gonzales
  • Jessy Long
  • Justin Russell
  • Jared Russell
  • Brandon Shaw
  • Brandon Stillwell
  • Jeff White

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, June 13, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Friday, June 14, 2019
  • Interment Friday, June 14, 2019

Memories

Eara Mae Tate

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Stacie DeHaven

June 13, 2019

My momma was the kindest, sweetest, most humble woman in the world. She always had a giving nature and loved every one she met..
No matter who you were, momma treated you like one of the family. She loved being outdoors and caring for her beautiful rose bushes! Momma never met a stranger. Her smile was so beautiful! No matter how bad her day was, she always saw the good that came from it.
She will be missed dearly!
RIP my sweet little momma..
Until we meet again❤

Nancy Johnson Jacobus

June 13, 2019

I will always remember the wonderful positive attitude of your mother. I worked with her at KDH when she was a nursing assistant and an LVN and patient’s loved her. Her smile was genuine as her loving and kind manner and sense of humor. Im sorry for your loss. Nancy Johnson Jacobus

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