Thelma Stewart Gates

October 24, 1929 - November 6, 2018
Thelma Stewart Gates

Thelma Stewart Gates, 89, of Wilmington, NC passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at her home.

Thelma was born in Fort Worth, Texas on October 24, 1929, the daughter of the late Theodore D. and Sallie Mae Fields Stewart. A retired nurse at County USC Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was and active member of the Lutheran Church of Reconciliation, a member of VFW Auxiliary, and spent
her spare time as a volunteer at the Moose Lodge, and the American Legion Post 10.
In addition to her parents, husband Robert Lee Gates preceded her in death, also two daughters, Brenda Danishmand and Beryl Gates and a granddaughter Tara Danishmand.

She leaves behind her sons, Karsavina Gates of Los Angeles, CA and Theopullus Gates of Tucson, AZ; sister, Tempie Green of West Convina, CA; grandchildren, Theopullus Gates II, Kevin Gastelum, Lance McClellan and Treba Donaldson and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 PM Friday November 16, 2018 at Lutheran Church of Reconciliation 7500 Market Street Wilmington, NC. Her cremated remains will be placed in the memorial garden following the service. The Reverend Bill Milholland will officiate the service.

The family will greet friends with a reception following the service.

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  • November 13, 2018
    CAROLYN E WOODS says:
    RIP Granny, you were a beautiful person, I know you in heaven where you belong

  • November 14, 2018
    Rose Knoche,ALA Unit 545,President lit a candle:
    Lit since November 14, 2018 at 11:48:14 AM

  • November 14, 2018
    Jean and Marshall Jones says:
    We will miss seeing Thelma sitting behind us at church. Thelma made us feel so welcome when we first attended church. She was a wonderful worker and always worked with Parish Life she she was able. Such a warm, lovely soul. Rest well Thelma!

  • November 16, 2018
    Erich and Sunny Haas says:
    We had just met Ms. Gates this past year while she was in LA. She was so welcoming and warm even though she was mourning the loss of her beloved daughter. At the time, she seemed healthy and vibrant, but we could only imagine her sadness. We are grateful to have met her, and we will forever cherish her sweet, thoughtful words. May she rest in peace. We will miss her terribly.

  • November 17, 2018
    Stephen & Loretta Shepherd says:
    Your presents at the American Legion always made it feel like family. WE miss you.