Mary Pate Qualls, age 95, of Paducah, passed away on Friday, June 17, 2022 at Stone Creek Health.
Mary was born in Paducah on October 15, 1926 to Jewell Pate and Cledie Vandergriff Pate Gann. While her daughters were in school, Mary was involved in the PTA and served as President at Freemont Elementary. She was also a 4-H leader. After her children got older, she found a passion for gardening and flowers. She also enjoyed traveling to several states with her husband and attending auctions where they would buy furniture to refinish. Mary was an excellent seamstress and made most of her daughters clothes. Both daughters were blessed to be able to wear wedding dresses that their mother had made. She was a member of Lone Oak Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School.
Mary is survived by two daughters, Diane Johnson (Ron) of Paducah, Michelle Joyce (Joe) of La Veta, Colorado; two sisters, Martha Thompson, Trish Pate; one grandchild, Amanda Jo Tolbert; four great-grandchildren, Triston Kemper, Cauy Kemper, Theisen Tolbert, Amanda Jo Tolbert.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Rudolph “Rudy” Qualls; one sister, Betty Solomon, and her parents.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at the Lone Oak Chapel of Milner & Orr Funeral Home from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. with burial following at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.