Deborah Lynn Gates
February 4, 1954  -  May 4, 2008

Deborah Lynn Gates

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Memorial Service
First United Methodist Church
1202 S. 3rd
Merkel, TX  79536
Thursday, May 8, 2008
10:00 AM
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Deborah Lynn Walthall Gates of Merkel passed away at 1:42 a.m. on Sunday, May 4, 2008 in Abilene Regional Medical Center. Debbie has fought a heroic battle with ovarian cancer since August of 2005.

Debbie was born February 4, 1954 in Richland, Washington, the firstborn child of John and Nell Allen Walthall. When Debbie was 10 months old the family moved back to White Chapel in Coleman County. She began elementary school at the old Centennial School and attended and graduated in 1972 from Talpa Centennial High School. She married Edward Gates of Talpa, TX on February 12, 1977 in Coleman. She attended college at Angelo State University and TSTC Abilene and graduated with a degree in graphic design. Debbie was an avid gardener, wonderful photographer, and the best mother, wife, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend anyone could ask for. She took care of her home, family, and friends until her last days. Debbie was a member of Merkel First United Methodist Church.

Debbie is survived by her parents, John and Nell Walthall of Coleman; her husband, Edward Gates of Merkel; her children, daughter, Terra Celeste and husband Jason Corrigan of Merkel and grandson Joshua Michael Corrigan; son, Jacy Sol-Walthall Gates and fianc Tracy Murphy of Abilene and grandchildren Sunny and Joel; son, Justin Parker Gates of Abilene; and daughter, Serena Raine Gates of Merkel; sisters, Denise and husband Jerry McDonald of San Angelo, Diana and husband Les Dobbins Jr. of Coleman; nieces and nephews : Logan McDonald, Lindsey McDonald, Aaron Dobbins, Adam Dobbins, Jennifer Gates, Tamara Gates, Leslie Gates, Ben Gates, Alexandra Gates, and many other friends and family.

Her memorial service with Greg Kennedy officiating, will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 8, 2008 at the First United Methodist Church in Merkel under the direction of Elmwood Funeral Home of Abilene. Lunch and family visitation will be held at the First Baptist Church of Merkel in the Fellowship Hall. The family asks that friends attend the lunch so that we can have a time of fellowship and celebration of life with prayer warriors, relatives, and friends. Graveside services will be held Thursday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. at White Chapel Cemetery in Coleman County.

Pallbearers are Sisters in Spirit: Donna Jackson, Denna OConnor, Fredell Sansom, Karen Aldridge, Brenda Saling, Wandrae Leszcynski, Susan Springer, Debra Mashburn, Renee Coulson, Cathy Aldridge, Ruth Knightstep, and special friends Stacy Cullins, Patti Gibson, and Katheryn James.

The family request memorials be made to the donors favorite charity.
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  1. HM and Maureen Duncan
    Talpa, TX

    what a valiant fight Debbie put up. she was an example for us all.

  2. Tiffany Farmer Burns
    Lewisville, TX

    Ed, Terra, Jacy, Justin, and Serena
    Im so sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a special woman and I cant imagine what you are all going through. I want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  3. Tiffany Farmer Burns
    Lewisville, TX

    Ed, Terra, Jacy, Justin, and Serena
    Im so sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a special woman and I cant imagine what you are all going through. I want you to know that out thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  4. Nichole Guzman John Seale
    Tuscola, TX

    God Bless and Take care.

  5. Fred Esther Berg
    San Antonio, TX

    Our sincere sympathy.

  6. Mike Chauveaux
    Abilene, TX

    We would like to extend our deepest sympathy. Debbie touched our lives with her remarkable talents and glowing personality. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Mike and Kathy Chauveaux
    Hank and Katie Casey

  7. Benny M. Allcorn
    Early, TX

    Debbie was always a very special person to me and one I will remember as always accepting you for who you were. She always Glowed far brighter than most. Please know my prayers are with you.

  8. Janice Kelley
    Abilene, TX

    To all of Debbies family: You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Rick and Janice Kelley

  9. Debi RayMoore
    Abilene, TX

    So sorry to hear about Debbies passing. The picture of her in the paper was so beautiful... just as I remember her.
    May God comfort you all today and in the days ahead.
    My prayers are with you.

    Debi Ray Moore

  10. Pat and Hazel Byrd
    Crystal City,, TX

    We celebrate the wonderful spirit of your wife, Debbie. Hazel Marie and Pat Byrd

  11. Karen Todd
    Coleman, TX

    My heartfelt condolences

  12. Loy and Linda Stockton
    Tuscola, TX

    Dr. Gates, we appreciated all your help when Loy was sick and grieve with you and your family for your loss. Though she touched our lives only briefly, Debbie was a ray of sunshine. We keep you in our prayers.
    Loy and Linda Stockton

  13. Lou Ann Brown
    Ovalo, TX

    Dear Gates Family,
    Just a note to say that we are so sorry for your loss and that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Debbie was a special lady. May God put His loving arms around you and give you peace.
    Love and prayers,
    Lou Ann and Art Brown

  14. Sue Handley
    Graham, TX

    Our thoughts and prayers are with each one of you.

  15. Tex and Jan Elliott
    Uvalde, TX

    Edward, Tex and I have been praying since we first knew of Debbies illness over two years ago. Prayer gives you knowledge and closeness even though weve never met. Tex is a distant cousin Lynn Terrell Brady has kept us intheprayer loop over the years. We are grieving for your loss but praising God for Debbies life and witness to the love, grace and mercy of our Lord and Savior. May you find peace and comfort in a life loving Debbie and joy in the morning.

  16. Randy Knott family
    Tuscola, TX

    Ed and family, Deepest condolences from the Knott family for you terrible loss. Randy, Barbara, Sara, Jason Cat, Casey Luckenbach and family

  17. Nancy Denman
    Tuscola, TX

    Dear Gates Family,
    Just wanted you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you his perfect peace as you all continue through these tough days Hold tight to your precious memories and know how much Debbie loved each of you.

    Mike and Nancy Denman

  18. Herschel Larena Walker Herrington
    Houston, TX

    Our deepest sympathy to you and our thoughts, prayers and love are extended to all the family.
    Larena Herschel Herrington

  19. Lori Lane Dempsey
    North Kansas City, MO

    I have such fond memories of growing up down the road from the Walthall Girls. I loved spending time there when I went to my grandmothers. Debbie was a wonderful woman and will be greatly missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of the family.

  20. Mattia Bray
    , AL

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have fond memories of your mother when I was teaching Jacy. Blessings to all of you.
    Mattia Bray

  21. Betty Watson
    Coleman, TX

    My prayers are with you and your family.

  22. Marsha Rutland
    Ovalo, TX

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Debbie. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of her family. May you be comforted with wonderful memories of her and her beautiful smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Marsha Rutland

  23. Sammie Imogene Powers
    Santa Anna, TX

    John and NellDenise and Diana and families
    Just a note to let you know you have our sympathy and prayers. We love you.

  24. Kate Neeley
    Austin, TX

    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Your Mom was one of the bravest people Ive met.
    Kate, Jimmy, and Jaxon Neeley

  25. Teresa Sweatman
    Abilene,, TX

    Serena, Terra, Justin, and Jacy,

    I just want you to know my heart is breaking for you all . Your mother was a wonderful woman and each and everyone of you are a testament to that. May God Bless and comfort you during this time of sorrow. You are in my thoughts and Prayers.

    Teresa Sweatman

  26. Mona Davis Reynolds
    Lampasas, TX

    I am so sorry to hear of Debbies passing. I have had you all in my prayers since I heard of her illness. She was such a beautiful person inside and out. I will continue to pray for all the family.

  27. Lynn Terrell Brady
    Floydada,, TX

    My dearest cousins,
    and to John, Nell, Diana, Denise and family,

    I send you my thoughts and prayers for peace which passes all our understanding during this time and for joy as you go worth now with the precious spirit of such a lovely and wonderful mother, wife, daughter, and sister. She left a legacy of love.

    May God be with you and comfort you .

    With sympathy,

  28. Carol BrookshierJones
    Talpa, TX

    Edward and children,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that I have been and will continue to pray for your peace as well as for Debbie.

  29. Vena Bob Gates
    Coleman, TX

    Love and deepest sympathy to all of you. Love, Nanny

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