Sara Grace Ates

April 24, 1934 - July 30, 2016
Sara Grace Ates

Sara Grace Ates, age 82, of Burgaw, broke the bonds of earth to walk the streets of gold with her Lord and her loved ones on July 30, 2016. She was born April 24, 1934 in New Hanover County.
She was proceeded on this path by her beloved husband—C.L. Ates, who she has missed so much. Her parents, William and Rosa Cotton, Sister Betty Bartholomew and brothers Bill and Ray Cotton, daughter Annette J. Hamilton.
Sara leaves behind to keep her memories alive; 1 brother James Cotton and wife Patsy, 2 daughters Marie Dodge, husband Robert, Ericka Ates, 3 sons; William Ray Shaw-Dah, Samuel Jones, wife Angel and James Jones. As well as; 18 grandchildren 30 great-grandchildren and 9 great- great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. All of which will remember her for her quick wit that would keep you either laughing for days or standing back in awe.
She never met a stranger in life and she taught us that nobody was ever better than anyone else. “We all put our pants on the same way: one leg at a time,” she would always say. “You treat everyone the same.” I was so proud of her for that. She lived a simple life. She loved God, her children and grand- children with all that she was.
We would like to thank the nurses of NHRMC for their loving care. Courtney, you are a rare jewel. We’d also like to thank those at Brunswick Cove Rehab for their wonderful care of her while she was there.
In lieu of flowers she asks that you make donations to either your local food bank or church. Help those in need, in the memory and love of the way Sara Grace Ates lived her life.
Services will be held at a later date.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 South 41st.Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • December 15, 2016
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