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Lila J. Cates, 78

Lila Jean Cates, age 78, of Kingston, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at her home.

Her funeral service will take place Monday, March 7 at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Kimball with the Rev. Mike Nelson officiating. Interment will follow at the Kimball Cemetery.

Visitation was Sunday, March 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Kimball, and will continue Monday for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.

Lila was born Oct. 28, 1932, in Minneapolis, the daughter of Sidney and Elnora (Ranberg) Almquist. As a young girl, Lila grew up in Minneapolis. The family then moved to Annandale, where she finished her high school years.

Lila was united in marriage to Dale Cates April 1, 1950, in Minneapolis. The couple made their home on a farm near Kingston, where they worked hard and raised their six children.

Lila enjoyed spending time with her family and her friends. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of her life and often brought a smile to her face.

She could often be found crocheting, quilting, cooking, baking, and making bread. Lila loved to travel, and enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing, games, cards, and puzzles. Most of all, she enjoyed camping with her family on the holidays at the Cates Campground, recalling the many fond memories that they shared.

Lila is survived by her children: Kim (Maxine), Mike (Julie), all of Kingston, Kristi (Robert) Taina of Dassel, Karen (Ron) Rasmussen of Kingston, and Perry (Christine) of Atwater; a daughter-in-law, Jody Cates of Annandale; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and siblings Jim (Marilyn) Almquist of Wayzata, Geraldine Prigge of Elk River, and Janet Hoeft of South Haven.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Dale; a son, Robin; a grandson, Paul; a great-grandchild, Kelly Jean; her parents; and two brothers-in-law, Lloyd Prigge and Frank Hoeft.