Obituary for Gay Cater (Mandrofsky)
On Friday, September 29, 2017, our beloved mother was welcomed home in heaven. Gay P. Cater was born to parents, Fred and Ruth Mandrofsky, on December 19, 1935, in Clarendon, Texas. She was one of the most amazing, loving and caring daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-great grandmother, and friend. Gay lived a full and interesting life. She moved with her parents and baby sister from Texas to the Pecos river valley and Fort Sumner where her father became a successful farmer and her mother raised her and her sister. Gay attended and graduated from Fort Sumner schools. She met and married the love of her life Donald Cater, on December 16, 1955. They started a life filled with travel and adventure around the state following road jobs. Gay’s family moved to Rio Grande Valley in 1976, and they put down roots. After we were all in school she decided to return to school and attended TVI and received a licensed practical nurse certificate. Gay went on to work at Belen Meadows in Belen, for 17 years. She retired and took on the full time job of caring for her husband and helping her family with the grandchildren. Gay was such an inspiration to all of her grandchildren and 3 of her grand-daughters that they have become or will soon be nurses.
She was preceded in death by her husband Donald Cater; grandparents; baby brother; her parents; In-laws; brothers-in-law, Leroy Nowell, Oliver and Delbert Cater, Pecos Finley; and sister-in-law Eleanor Finley.
Gay is survived by her sister, Freddie Nowell; sister-in-law, Evelyn Cater; children, Melanie Flores (Joe), Marian Cater, Margo Bland (Mike), Donald Jr. Cater (Laura), Megan Kloeppel (Rick), Mandy Romero (Greg Sisneros); grandchildren, Mark Flores (Connie), Monique Flores (Jesse Baca), Matthew Flores, Dawn Priest (Adam Lawrence), Jeremiah Priest (Monique), Jacob Bland (Ramona), Denise Bland (Filbert Archuleta), Clayton Bland (Jessica), Ashley Todd (Jake), Justin Cater (Cheyanne Green), Reva Armijo (Sammy), Kendra Sanchez (Eric), Tristin Hobbs (Skyler), LeeAnn Sierra (Roman), Fredrick Kloeppel (Brittany), Daniel Kloeppel (Tazmine), Teresita Corral, Chelsey Blea (Jeramiah), Gabrielle, Danielle, and Alexandria Romero; and great-grandchildren, Markus, Anastatia, Melanie,Felix, Naomea, Jayden, Jase, and Jax on the way, Lucas, Aria, Gavin, Raquel, Noah, Zayden, Kayson, Amelia, Joseph, Joshua, Elena, Christopher, John, Simon, and Jasper on the way, Noah, Luke, Fredrick, Kaylee, EllieMae, Dalylah, Alexis, Gregory, Allyanna, Isaiah and Leighton. She is also survived by aunts and special nieces and nephews.
Gay will be remembered in death, as in life, as a truly generous, loving and caring person. We are all going to miss her so very much.
Services will be held at a later date. A special thank you to the hospice team at Presbyterian Hospital for making our mothers final hours comfortable, and to the caring staff at Noblin Funeral Service.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 2211-D Main St., (505) 866-9992.