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Mrs. Doris M. Gates, age 78, of Greenville, passed away Saturday afternoon, May 20, 2006 at Metron of Greenville. The only child of Howard & Mildred (Porter) Smith, she was born on Feb. 22, 1928 in Greenville.

A graduate of Greenville High School, Doris had worked as a nurses aide at the former United Memorial Hospital. On Aug. 12, 1950, in Greenville, she married Leo E. Gates. A devoted wife, mother, and grandma, nothing brought Doris more joy than spending time with her family. When her children were young, she enjoyed playing the piano.

Surviving are her husband of almost 56 years, Leo E. Gates of Greenville; their children, Brenda & Douglas Kargel of Hale, Nancy & David Tompsett, Roger & Tami Gates, all of Greenville, and Julie & Marty Lonn of Thompsonville; 15 grandchildren, Tammy Youmans, John Larsen, Jason Larsen, Michael Tompsett, Traci Tompsett, Charles Gates, Benjamin Gates, Lisa Borden, Zachary Gates, Tamice Gates, Griffin Gates, Martin Lonn Jr., Matthew Lonn, Mikayla Lonn, and Marcus Lonn; seven great grandchildren, Kathryn Youmans, Olivia Youmans, Paige Tompsett, Megan Tompsett, Noah Gates, Alyssa Borden, and Jack Gates; and a sister-in-law, Janet Beetley of Alma.

Visitation is Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville. Honoring Doris wishes, no formal services will be held and burial will take place privately at Forest Hill Cemetery, Stanton.

Envelopes for memorial contributions to the Parkinsons Foundation are available at the funeral home. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Doris online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please click the “Sign Guest Book” link above.


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