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Mrs. Leota H. Gates

September 18, 1917 ~ May 17, 2019 (age 101)

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Leota H Gates, 101, passed away Friday, May 17, 2019.  She was born Sept 18, 1917 in Wellington, CO to Andrew and Mathilda Wich.  She grew up on a farm there with brothers and sisters.  In November, 1936 she married the love of her life, Bernard Gates and they moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming shortly thereafter where she lived until April, 2018 when Leota came for an extended visit to Jefferson, GA.  She had an apartment at Bentley Senior Living and quickly made many friends and enjoyed seeing family frequently.  A highlight of her stay was having her 4 granddaughters from CA visit in the fall. One of her happy pleasures was sitting in the flower garden and visiting the vegetable garden. During retirement years, she and Bernard spent countless days camping and fishing all over WY, CO, SD, and NE.  Being outdoors was her passion. She was also an excellent seamstress and avid crocheter.  All her grandchildren will attest to her talents in the kitchen as well.

Leota was preceded in death by her husband, daughter, Beverly Smith, and a grandson, Gregory Gates.  She is survived by her son, Gene (Debby) Gates of Commerce, grandchildren Dayna Taylor, Linda Emmerling, Lori McMullin, Jennifer Meyers all of CA, Tim Gates, Tami McClung, Terry Gates all of GA, many great-grandchildren and several great-greatgrandchildren.  She is also survived by one sister, Maggi Thomas of Cheyenne.

Visitation will be Sunday, May 19 at Evans Funeral Home in Jefferson. Leota will return home to Wyoming for services at Wiederspahn-Radomsky chapel in Cheyenne on Friday, May 24, 2019 and will be laid to rest beside her husband and grandson.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Garden Fund at Bentley Senior Living, 50 Sumner Way, Jefferson, GA.

Evans Funeral Home, 1350 Winder Highway Jefferson, GA 30549. 706-367-5467

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