Funeral services for Mary Margaret (Cates) Fitz, 84, were held Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at the Walters’ Buffalo Funeral Home in Buffalo, Texas. Pastors John Goodwin and Dale Hill officiated the service. Mrs. Fitz was laid to rest next to her late husband, Robert Earl, in the Sardis Cemetery outside of Jewett, Texas.
Mary Margaret was born on February 23, 1933, in Leon County – Buffalo, Texas, to John and Celia (Vestal) Cates. She attended Buffalo schools and graduated from Buffalo High School in 1950.
From the time she was a young girl until she married, she was a member of the Stewart Memorial United Methodist Church in Buffalo. As a young adult, she taught the Kindergarten Sunday School class. After graduating from high school, she worked as secretary for the Buffalo School system for several years. During her free time, she enjoyed sewing and became an excellent seamstress. When she married Robert Earl Fitz of Marquez, they made their home in Marquez. She later became a member of the Ephesus Baptist Church where they raised their children. One of her favorite pastimes was enjoying farm living.
When her husband, Robert Earl, passed away in 1989, she began attending the Marquez Methodist Church and became a member. Mary Margaret always said she had everything she wished for; to be a wife, a mother, and to always make her residence in Leon County. She always gave God the credit for her wonderful life and dearly loved her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
In the spring of 2016, as Mary Margaret reminisced about her younger days, she couldn’t help but remember the times that she and her sister, Louise, would go into the woods to look for wildflowers. She recalled how they could always find dogwood in bloom, wild violets, sweet williams, and wild daisies. As she reflected on the joy of those simple things, she wished others could feel the same happiness that she did as a young girl.
Mrs. Fitz went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on September 22, 2017.
Preceded in death by her husband, Robert Earl Fitz of Marquez; parents, John and Celia Cates of Buffalo; infant brother John S. Cates; brothers James Cates and Harvey Cates of Buffalo; sister Louise Cates of Buffalo.
Survivors include two daughters, Janet Knight and husband, Byron, of Centerville; Amy Fitz of Lake Charles, LA.; one son, Edward Fitz, of Marquez; three grandchildren are Kristin and husband, Ricky, Garcia of Centerville, Ryan Fitz and wife, Viviana, of Fairfield, and Ashley Fitz; five great-grandchildren, Luke Garcia, Remi Fitz, Jaxton Fitz, Evan Fitz, and Gavin Fitz.
Pallbearers were Trey Daniel, James Fitz, Johnny Fitz, Robert Allen Fitz, Ryan Fitz, Trey Hillis, George Maurer and Art Runge. Honorary pallbearers were Dale Cates, Ricky Garcia, Wayne Johnson, Byron Knight, Mike McAnally and Alan Wright.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Marquez United Methodist Church at P.O. Box 319, Marquez, Texas 77865.
Walters’ Buffalo Funeral Home in Buffalo was in charge of all arrangements. To leave online condolences for the family, please go to www.buffalofuneralhome.com and visit Mrs. Fitz’s online memorial tribute page.