Kathy Gates, 63 of Lawrence, Kansas passed away Friday night, October 24, 2014 at her childhood home, in the presence of her loving family, during her final month, and following her short battle with cancer.
Kathy was the daughter of Anna Lauretta Pierce and Raymond D. Schott. She and her twin, Cindy, were born during the 1951 flood in Lawrence, Kansas on July 16.
Kathy graduated from Emporia State Teacher’s College in 1974 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Biology.
She married Don Gates, Lone Star, Kansas in October of 1976. He survives. They had a beautiful daughter, Retta Gates Martin.
Kathy worked many years for Allen Press in Lawrence as a proofreader. She wrote a book with her twin sister, Cindy Schott Hutchison in 2005. She always had an interest in family and local history.
Kathy was preceded in death by her mother, Lauretta Schott in 2001.
Kathy is survived by her daughter, Retta Gates Martin (Jeremy Martin), of Olathe; and her twin sister, Cindy Schott Hutchison, (Glenn W. Hutchison Jr.), of Belton, Missouri. She is also survived by her father Raymond D. Schott, Pioneer Ridge in Lawrence, Kansas.
No service is planned. There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please give contributions to the Lawrence Humane Society in Kathy’s name.