Jennifer Schultheis Cates, 45, a resident of Zachary and native of Moon Township, Pa., ended her battle with brain cancer at home Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at 12:45 p.m. Her family was by her side, where they have been since the beginning, while her favorite college team, the Oklahoma Sooners and quarterback Landry Jones, was throwing a touchdown pass. She is survived by her loving and caring husband of 18 years, David Bret Cates; her two sons, Doug Johnson (G.P. operations) and Pfc. David Cates, Louisiana National Guard; her mom, Myrt Schultheis; sister, Jill Hernan; and her niece and nephew; Heather and Ryan Hernan, all of Zachary. Also survived by her grandmother, Dorothy Young, Moon Township; father-in-law; Darryl E.O. Cates, of Westville, Okla.; and numerous other relatives who loved and will miss her. Preceded in death by her dad, Bill Schultheis, who was of Zachary; grandfather, William Young Sr., who was of Moon Township; uncle and aunt, Bill and Joan Young, who were of Glenfield, Pa.; and grandparents; Freeman and Betty Jordan, who were of Tulsa, Okla. There will be a memorial tribute to Jennifer on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 4620 Lane Ave., Zachary. Friends of the family are invited to come and share their memories of Jennifer from noon until 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Jennifer's family requests that you make donations in her name to Cancer Services of Baton Rouge, 550 Lobdell, Baton Rouge, LA 70806 or St. Joseph Hospice of Baton Rouge, 10615 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70809. Throughout her ordeal with cancer, Jennifer never lost her sense of humor, her caring ways or making her family laugh. She loved being outside watching her hummingbirds, waving to her former co-workers at First Student as they passed by, and watching her dog Sadie look for lizards. We will always have our memories, thank you GiGi for giving us some unforgettable ones. The family would like to thank Dr. Michael Castine, Dr. Michelle Cosse, Lane Home Health, St. Joseph and the Zachary Fire Department for their care and assistance.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Oct. 12 to Oct. 14, 2011