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.
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