Virginia L. Cate, 88, Johns Hopkins nurse

September 13, 2005

Virginia Louise Sisson Evans Cate, a nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital for more than three decades, died of cancer Wednesday at her Timonium home. She was 88.

Born Virginia Sisson in Bent Mountain, Va., she was raised on the family farm and graduated in 1939 from the Lewis-Gale School of Nursing, now part of the Jefferson College of Health Sciences, in Roanoke, Va.

Mrs. Cate moved to Baltimore in 1941 and worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital until the early 1970s, said her daughter-in-law, Susan Evans of Parkville. She left to work at the Montebello Rehabilitation Hospital, where she was the head nurse for more than eight years.

While at Johns Hopkins, she worked with Dr. Richard W. TeLinde, a nationally renowned gynecologist.

She was an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Parkville, the Johns Hopkins Women's Board and other organizations. She also was a member of the Valley Country Club and Maryland Golf and Country Club.

In 1941 she married David H. Evans, who died in 1965. In 1981, she married Clifford W. Cate, who died in 1999.

Services were held Sunday.

Survivors include a daughter, Roxann Kelly of Timonium; a son, David M. Evans of Parkville; four sisters, Mildred Asbury of Lynchburg, Va., Margaret Strickler of Blacksburg, Va., Betty Jones of Olney and Francis Prentiss of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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