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Mary Ann Cate

Posted By Hall-Wynne On July 2, 2019 @ 2:28 pm In Durham,News,Obituaries | 4 Comments

Mary Ann (Seume) Cate, 75, passed from this life into the presence of her Savior on June 30, surrounded by three generations of her family.

Mary Ann spent her childhood in Houston, New Jersey, and Virginia, the daughter of Rev. Dr. Richard Seume, a respected pastor and chaplain at Dallas Theological Seminary, and Mary Troutman Seume, a feisty Bible teacher. Following her graduation from Wheaton College (IL) in 1965 with a BA in Social Work, Mary Ann served in the Peace Corps in Morocco from 1965 to 1967.

Mary Ann married Patrick O’Hair Cate (Ph.D.) in 1968 and began a life of ministry with him. Together, they planted Nepaug Congregational Church in New Hartford, CT. For the past 40 years, they have worked with Christar, living in Iran, Egypt, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. In each international setting, Mary Ann dedicated herself to learning the language and serving women, using her skills as a social worker. After returning to the U.S., she served as the Director of Women’s Ministries for 16 years, encouraging and mentoring other women working internationally. Together with Pat, she taught at Dallas Theological Seminary, Moody Bible Institute Grad School, Word of Life Bible Institute, and the Theological Seminary of Spain.

Mary Ann was also a published author. She co-edited A Woman’s Touch: A Guide for Women in Cross-cultural Ministry and From Fear to Faith as well as writing an independent study college textbook, Women in Islam.


Mary Ann is survived by her beloved husband, three daughters and their spouses, Jennifer Cate (Scott Davis) of Washington, DC, Amy Bositis (Chris Bositis) of Andover, MA, and Julie Cate Kelly-Stump (Mark Stump) of Chapel Hill, NC, seven grandchildren (Kondwani, Noah, Cecilia, Jeremiah, Moriah, Zachary, and Drew), and two sisters, Marcia Hanson (David Bennett) of Minneapolis, MN and Jennifer Dalch (Charles Dalch) of Shelburne, VT. She was welcomed in heaven by her parents and brother, Richard H. Seume, Jr. of Houston, TX.

The family will receive visitors on Friday, July 5 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service (1113 West Main Street, Durham, 27701). A funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 6, at 11 a.m. at Summit En Espanol (2415 Presidential Drive, Durham, NC 27703). The burial will take place on Monday, July 8, at 9 a.m. at Brier Creek Memorial Gardens (7600 ACC Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27617).

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Arab Women Today fund, payable to Christar (1500 International Drive, Richardson, TX 75081.)

Condolences for the family of “Mary Ann Cate”

Condolence from Tony and Kathy Manning on July 2nd, 2019 5:42 pm

We have been so blessed to have Pat and Mary Ann as neighbors. We will truly miss Mary Ann but we know that she is now in the presence of God.

Condolence from Gary Sunderland on July 4th, 2019 11:58 am

Patrick. Our heart goes out to you in this time of mourning and in joy that Mary Ann is comforted in the loving arms of Jesus. Love and peace to you and your children.

Condolence from Mark Marlowe on July 6th, 2019 7:48 am

Dear Pat, our hearts and prayers are with you and the family. We love you all. Mark and Mary.

Condolence from Bob Mutter on July 6th, 2019 1:08 pm

Dear Pat and Family,
Sad to hear of Mary Ann’s departure from here, and thereby your loss, but so glad to have met her and you at Duke Regional Rehab for that brief time. May the Lord comfort you greatly in the celebration of her good life, and His welcome of her, to Life in His direct presence.
All the Best,
Bob Mutter

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