Mrs. Bertie Cates Dillon passed away Tuesday morning at two o’oclock at the home of her father, E.H. Cates, where she had been for about a week.
The immediate cause of death was heart trouble. She had been suffering of a complication of diseases for the past four or five years and about two months ago became bed fast, during which time her condition steadily grew worse. About ten days ago, Mr. Cates went to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dillon at Maud, Oklahoma and brought his daughter to his home here in hopes that the change might prove beneficial to her. She seemed glad to visit home and enjoyed the reunion with relatives and life long friends, but each day she became weaker and it was evident that the end was not far distant. For some time Mrs. Dillon had realized her condition and while her thoughts were ever for the future welfare of her family, she seemed perfectly submissive to the Lord’s will and was resigned to go at his bidding at which time she fell Asleep in Jesus.
Bertis Cates was born in Hardin County, Teas July 5, 1890. She moved to Oklahoma with her parents in 1895. She was married t o J.W. Dillon (John) in November 1909. To this union was born four children, Houston, Lugar, J.D. and Ethel. J.D. preceded his mother in death at the age of ten months.
For thirty-two years, Mrs. Dillon had been a resident of the Leedey community, where she was respected and loved by all who knew her. She was converted in 1914 and united with the Rhea Baptist church and lived a devoted Christian life and until her health failed was an active church worker.
About five years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Dillon sold their farm near Leedey and purchased one near Maud, Oklahoma where the family now reside. She will be greatly missed in that community as well as here, wherer she had a large number of friends and relatives.
She leaves to mourn their loss a devoted husband and three children. Her father E.H. Cates and Mrs. Cates, her step-mother, Three brothers: John, William and Jess all of Leedey. Her mother preceded her to the better world in 1922.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. L.E. Marvin Wednesday afternoon at the Missionary Baptist Church, where a large number of sorrowing friends gathered to pay their last respect. Burial was made in the Arney Cemetery east of town.
A precious one from us has gone
A voice we loved is stilled
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled
Leedey Star, Leedey, OK 4-Jun-1931