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Mary D. (Née Turner) Gates

1935 ~ 2020 (age 84)

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Mary D. Gates

Age 84 of Crest Hill, IL, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 16, 2020 with her family by her side.

Born in Chicago, IL, Mary was a daughter of James and Mae (Née Hall) Turner. She was raised and educated in the Englewood area and graduated from Loretto High School.

On July 25, 1945, Mary was wedded to James C. Gates in St. Leo Catholic Church, Chicago, IL. They lived in the Englewood, Scottsdale and Oak Lawn area and retired to Carillon Lakes in Crest Hill.

She was employed as an Office Manager at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn and retired after 30 years of dedicated service.

She was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Crest Hill, the Stamping, Mah-Jongg and Bridge Clubs and a former member of St. Linus Parish, Oak Lawn and St. Bede Parish, Chicago.

In her free time, she especially enjoyed crafting greeting cards for her family and friends.  

Survivors include her sons; Stephen (Darla Abbas) Gates and William (Terrie) Gates, grandchildren; Dana (Dan Elddine), Anthony (Hillary), and Lisa Gates, Michelle (Brian) Foht, Stephen (April) and Sarah (Tyler Welborn) Gates, Edwin (Elise) Traynor, Holly (William) Martin-Burke and William (Laurie Fields, Fiancé) Gates, Jr., fifteen great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, brother; George (Mary Ann) Turner, sister; Kay (the late Arnie) Swanson and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, James C. Gates (2004), son; David A. Gates (1998), parents; James and Mae Turner, three brothers and two sisters.                                                                              

Private services were held at Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home, 1500 Black Road, Joliet, IL 60435, Rev. Tom Cargo officiating.

Mary was laid to rest beside her husband in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip, IL.

A Memorial Mass will take place at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 1705 Burry Circle Drive, Crest Hill, IL. The date will be announced when details become available.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Mary’s memory to: Christmas Without Cancer -

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Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the genuine care and direction of Kenneth A. Plese, in Joliet, IL   815-735-2125.

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Private Service

Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home
1500 Black Road
Joliet, IL 60435

Laid to Rest

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
6001 W. 111th Street
Alsip, IL 60803-6072


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