Traverse City Record-Eagle


November 27, 2013

Nancy E. Tate

TRAVERSE CITY — Nancy Evelyn Tate, age 69, of Traverse City, formerly of Glen Arbor, passed away Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at Munson Medical Center. She was born Nov. 4, 1944, in Flint, to Dr. Marvis Tate and Evelyn (Ehle) Wittum. Nancy graduated from Bentley High School in 1962. She then attended Kansas State University and later received her R.N. degree. After her graduation she moved to Glen Arbor where she had summered in her youth.

She worked as a Med./Surg. Nurse at Munson Medical Center for many years before moving to Hawaii in 1996, where she worked for the Hawaii Correctional Facility as a psychological nurse and later for Queens Medical Center. She was a skilled nurse who had the gift of empathy for the human condition.

Nancy enjoyed flowers, reading, poetry, and walking on the beach.

In 1973, Nancy married Arthur Newton Cole Jr. and had her only child Tate Idie Whitney Cole (Jeff) Stewart. Her spirit will be carried on by her loving grandson, Cole; sister, Janet (Jim) Richardson; nieces, Arianna (Russell) Fleckenstein and Alexis (Jon) Bach; and great-nieces and nephews. In addition, her best friend, Amy Robinson, and loving cousin, Shannon Kay Hall.

Nancy’s favorite poem:

I’m Nobody! Who are You?

Are you-Nobody-Too?

Then there’s a pair of us? Don’t tell!

They’d advertise — you know!

How dreary — to be — Somebody! How public — like a Frog —

To tell one’s name — the livelong June —

To an Admiring Bog!

–Emily Dickinson

Per Nancy’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service is being planned for a later date.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.

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