Bette Jean GATES

GATES, Bette Jean Bette Jean Gates, 79, of Spokane WA, peacefully passed away in her home at Touchmark on South Hill, August 8, 2013. Bette was a loving mother and wife of 57 years. She was born on April 16, 1934, in Bismarck, ND, the daughter of Ernest and Kathryn George and was raised at the USDA Great Plains Experiment Station in Mandan ND. She graduated from Mandan High School in 1952, and as an elementary education teacher from Macalister College, St. Paul, MN in 1956. On June 12, 1956, she married Lt.Thomas R. Gates of the United States Air Force. During her career as a military wife she taught school and made homes for her family twice in Texas, twice in California, Idaho, Colorado, Republic of Taiwan, Washington, and finally Alaska. In later years she became a respected member of the National Association of Legal Secretaries. Following her retirement and her husband's, they returned to the Palouse Country of North Idaho and built a majestic log home near Moscow, ID, and some 10 years later moved to the banks of the Snake River in Lewiston, ID. In mid 2011 they made their move to Touchmark on South Hill in Spokane where Bette became actively engaged in many of the community activities offered to its residents. Bette is survived by her husband Tom, her daughter Sharon Hust of Arlington VA, her sister Mary Hood of W. Lafayette IN. She also leaves behind two grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and many close friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Debra, and two grandchildren. She was a member of the Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church. We would love to thank Medical Oncology of Spokane, Sacred Heart Infusion Center, and Hospice of Spokane for their loving and attentive care. Bette has willed her body to Science Care and there will be no formal ceremony. An informal remembrance is being planned for a future date at Touchmark on South Hill. Donations may by made in her name to the MDS Foundation, (800-298-0590).


Published in Spokesman-Review on Aug. 18, 2013