Shirley Sanders Gates

Shirley Sanders Gates, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and devoted friend, died peacefully with her family at her side on Tuesday, Jan. 1 in Williamsburg. She was predeceased by her husband, Donald Gates, and her parents, Iola and Howard Sanders.
Originally from Baltimore, she and the love of her life, her husband Don, raised their family in Ithaca, NY, and retired to Kilmarnock, VA, in 1980. For the last 13 years, Shirley has enjoyed life at Williamsburg Landing.
The family who will miss her includes daughters Nancy Gates, Karen Konefal (and husband Joe), and Betsy Dahlke (and husband Jay); grandchildren Lily Gates, Katie Schieltz (and husband John), Joey Konefal (and wife Kate), Greg Dahlke, and Scott Dahlke; and great-granddaughter, Emma Jane Schieltz.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Williamsburg Landing in memory of Shirley Gates. Donations can be submitted online at or mailed to Senior Director of Development, 5700 Williamsburg Landing Drive, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185 or to Little Sisters of the Poor at St. Martin's Home, 601 Maiden Choice Lane, Baltimore, MD 21228 or online at Online condolences may be offered at

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Nelsen Funeral Home - Williamsburg
3785 Strawberry Plains Rd. Williamsburg, VA 23188
(757) 565-1141

Published in Virginia Gazette from Jan. 5 to Feb. 4, 2013