The same love that came at Christmas is surely the same love that welcomed Ethel Cater to her Heavenly home on Monday, December 21, 2020.
Born in Schoharie on November 29, 1928 to Carrie (Coons) and Miles Diamond, Ethel grew up attending Schoharie Central School before moving to Middleburgh after the fifth grade. She married Virgil Cater, Sr. on November 13, 1947 and set about making their home and raising their family. Later, Ethel found time to work at Kennedy’s Market and the Everything Shoppe but many will remember “Little” Ethel’s bright smile and huge laugh from the many years she worked at McDonald’s in Cobleskill and at Middleburgh Central School.
Ethel’s passion for bowling was unrivaled and she continued tipping the pins over up until she was 90, to everyone’s amazement. Anything for fun and that also included many years with the Middleburgh Golden Age Club, traveling on their bus trips and being a part of their annual Vintage Vaudeville shows. Ethel’s spirit will also be loved and missed by her church family at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Middleburgh, where she was a faithful member for many years.
Besides her husband, Ethel was predeceased by her infant son: Eugene; sisters: Elizabeth Varella and Marie “Billie” Leader; brothers: Cecil Diamond, Harold Diamond and Leonard Diamond.
Cherishing her love and life forever are her children: Cheryl (Bill) Lee, Joan Porter, Mary (Gerald) Bowman, Virgil (Cheryl) Cater, Jr. and William Cater, all of Middleburgh; 7 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
All are invited to a visitation with Ethel’s family from 2:00-4:00PM on Sunday, December 27, 2020 at Coltrain Funeral Home, LLC, 134 River Street, Middleburgh. Facial covering and distancing will be respected by all attending. A graveside service will be held in Middleburgh Cemetery at a date and time to be announced next spring.
Memorials in Ethel's honor are requested to be sent to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, PO Box 629, Middleburgh, NY 12122
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