Mrs. Gates was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church, a former inspector for Paramount Headwear, and a resident of Dexter.
On March 26, 1954 she was united in marriage to Bill J. Gates in Poplar Bluff, Mo. Mr. Gates preceded her in death on Dec. 31, 1999.
She is survived by two sons, Steven Gates and his wife Carol of Brockwell, Ark., and Mark Gates and wife Cindy of Dexter; two brothers, Donald Wilfong and Gary Wilfong, both of Puxico; one sister, Reva Cantrell of Puxico; and four grandchildren, Bradley Gates, Matthew Gates, Justin Gates and Tommy Gates.
Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Lester Wilfong, Thurman Wilfong, David Wilfong, Eugene Wilfong, and Claude Wilfong; and one sister, Vivian Pate.
Visitation will be held at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter on Friday, June 3, 2011 from 5-8 p.m.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 2 p.m. in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel with Rev. Lonny Mittag officiating.
Interment will follow in the Dexter Cemetery.