AMBOY – Shirley A. Cater, 95, of Amboy, formerly of Lee Center, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at Green Acres Healthcare Center in Amboy.
She was born Aug. 5, 1918, in Walnut, the daughter of Otto and Blanche (Alshouse) Kerchner. Shirley married Ned M. Cater on Aug. 21, 1938, in Dover. He preceded her in death April 26, 1993.
Shirley had been a secretary at Lee Center Community School District 271, the Lee County Farm Bureau, and Ashton Community Unit School District 275. She also sold Avon products for more than 25 years.
Shirley was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother who instilled within her family members a deep sense of morals, respect, manners, and concern for others. Leading by example, she inspired her family. Shirley was an avid gardener, musician and cook, as well as a natural foods and chiropractic proponent. She was motivated by all things good for the family and the God she loved so dearly. Shirley felt her greatest accomplishment in life was her family and the love therein. Always missed, never forgotten in our hearts and lives forever.
Survivors include three sons, Larry E. (Edie) Cater and Gary N. (Nancy) Cater, both of Dixon, and Dean A. (Linda) Cater of Rochelle; seven grandchildren, Lori (Gary) Wilhelm of Amboy, Mark (Heidi Bender) Cater of Sterling, Julie (Kurt) Akerman of Rock Falls, Tammi (Tom) Lehman of Franklin Grove, Brian (Kim) Cater of Kenosha, Wis., Scott (Stephani) Cater of Rockford, and Stacey (Ryan) Wuebben of Shorewood; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
She also was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Michael Cater and Terri Cater; a daughter-in-law, Diana Cater; and a sister, Phyllis Winger.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and the funeral at 1 p.m. Thursday at Assembly of God Church, 935 Mekeel Road, Dixon, with the Rev. Adam Meyer, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Woodside Cemetery in Lee Center. Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy is handling arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to Passages Hospice, Serenity Hospice & Home, and Assembly of God Church in Dixon.
Visit www.thejonesfh.com to send condolences.