Patricia Jean Gates

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Patricia Jean Gates passed away on October 22, 2015 in Edmond, OK. She was born on September 24, 1928 in Oklahoma City, OK to George Edward and Mildred Marie Murry Voegle.

Patricia attended several different schools including Crooked Oak, Wheeler, Harmony, and Northeast OKC. Patricia graduated from NE High School in 1946. She married Ben Gates on October 30, 1949 in Muskogee, OK. Together they had two children. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church from 1938 until 1991. She then became a member of the First United Methodist Church in 1991 until present. She was active in the Women’s Missionary Council, a Sunday school teacher. Patricia worked as a secretary for a life insurance company from 1949 until 1950 and for local optometrist from 1971 to 1989. She was President of the Oklahoma Optometric Assistant’s Association and was also the 1984 Oklahoma City Paraoptometrist of the Year.

Patricia is survived by her children, daughter Connie Price of Edmond, son Mike Gates and wife Carolyn of Tulsa, grandchildren Heather Price Beckham, Jimmy Price, Katie Gates-Thompson, and Molly Gates-Dysart, great-grandchildren, Carter and Kenzie Beckham, and Caitlynn Price, and her sister Joyce Russ of Midwest City.

Visitation will be 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM Saturday, and 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM Sunday at Matthews Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 26, 2015 at Matthews Funeral Home in Edmond, OK. Family requests memorial contributions be made to Sooner Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

5 thoughts on “Patricia Jean Gates”

  1. Barbara Teague

    Pat was the mother of my best friend Connie. I have the fondest memories of her when Connie and I were growing up. I loved to go over to their house after church on Sunday. Pat was so cute with her teacup Chihuahua in the pocket of her house dress! I really loved to see her laugh with Connie and me. She might have been a small woman but she was mighty in spirit with a lot of love to give. And that she did!!

    Barbara Teague

  2. I can’t remember anytime that I was around Pat when she wasn’t interest in you and smiling…always smiling. I always enjoyed being around her when we were at any Gates family event. I will miss her presence very much but I know that she is happy and well now in heaven. Thinking of you Mike and Connie and praying for your strength and comfort at this difficult time.

    Pam and Gordon

  3. Terrie Clenney Hudson

    Remembering Pat as the sweet Christian mother to Mike and Connie. Praying for your family. Terrie

  4. Darlene & Norman West

    We was blessed to know Pat as a friend . We have never known a sweeter person in our lives. W are so very thankful our lives crossed at a time we were able to be there for each other . We will always have a beautiful memory of her .

    God Bless your wonderful family .

    Darlene & Norman West

  5. Janice Cronch

    Being friends with Connie, Heather, and Jimmy, my daughters and I saw what a blessing Pat was in their lives and are so grateful that she and they have been part of ours. Pat was such a beautiful soul, both inside and out. Her warmth and kind spirit were as genuine as her beautiful smile. It was a privilege to know her and we will miss her very much.

    Our love and prayers are with your family,
    Janice, Lindsay, Jen, & families

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