Esther Catherine (Lightle) Cates, age 74, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, passed away December 27, 2011, from complications following completion of cancer treatment.

Esther Catherine (Lightle) Cates, age 74, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, passed away December 27, 2011, from complications following completion of cancer treatment.

Funeral services will be Monday, January 2nd, 2012, at 12 p.m. at Evangel Assembly of God, 1414 E. 103rd ST. Kansas City, Mo and burial following at Floral Hills Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, January 1, 2012, from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Langsford Funeral Home, Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

Mrs. Cates was born July 2, 1937, in Hickory County, Missouri, to Theodore and Rispy (Jones) Lightle. She was retired from Bank of America as a proof operator. She accepted Christ as her Savior as a child and continued to follow Him throughout her life. She was a member of Evangel Assembly of God and previously Central Assembly of God Independence where she had been High School Sunday School teacher, Missionettes Coordinator, Youth Counselor, involved with Women’ts Ministries, PrimeTimers, Harvesters and Hospitality.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Theodore (Dick) and Rispy (Jones) Lightle, her son; Rev. William T. Cates, all of her siblings; Ralph & Wanda Lightle, David & Edna Lightle, Eva Jane & Elson Wilson, Beulah & Lester Voorhees, Albert Lightle, Willis Lightle, Theodore Lightle, C. Ruth Owens and several nieces and nephews.

She is survived by her husband Thomas Cates Jr., son Dr. Thomas Cates III and wife Janel, Lee’s Summit, MO, Daughter-in-law Rev. Brenda Cates, Ellenville, NY, grandchildren Joyce, Andrew, Taylor, Carolyn, Catherine, and Jordan, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, many nieces and nephews, several of which she considered like her own children, and many other relatives and friends. Ester’s extended family was very important to her and she loved making each one feel loved, special and important.

Online condolences and memories may be left for the family at Langsfordfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Langsford funeral home, 115 sw 3rd Street, Lee’s summit, MO 64063.