Carl Costas/ ccostas@sacbee.com

Kathy Fairrington shares a light moment with her father Marvin Buzz Oates Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at Mercy Ministry, the faith-based women's shelter Oates founded. Oates, once named one of the wealthiest people in the country by Forbes Magazine, contributed millions to religious causes, and considered Mercy Ministry one of his crowning achievements.

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