— Memorial services for Barbara Jo Lee Gates, 77, of Palestine will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church of Palestine with the Rev. Jordan Byrd officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster.
Mrs. Gates died Saturday at Hospice Homeplace in Tyler.
She was born Nov. 20, 1936 in Houston to Tom and Barbara Stockton Lee.
She was a retired real estate broker and an avid quilter. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Palestine where she served as treasurer of the church for 10 years, she also served as treasurer of the Palestine Library Board and Friends of Palestine Library, past president and treasurer of Harvey’s Women’s Club, president of the 3rd Thursday Quilters Group, heading up the Anderson County Quilt Show..
Mrs. Gates was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband, Col. Jackie L Gates Sr.; a daughter, Sharon Gates Grooms of Greenwood, S.C.; sons, Jackie L. Gates Jr. and Richard S. Gates; a sister, Virginia Lucchesi of Friendswood; grandchildren, Adam D. Ruonala, Jacob N. Gates, Jeremiah H. Grooms, Brian Gates, Amy Gates, Jessica Savage and the Rev. Matthew Gray.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Young Life of Greenwood, S.C., First Christian Church of Palestine, and the American Cancer Society.
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