Dessie Mae Gates, 89 departed this life on March 7th, 2018. She was born April 29th, 1928 in Aberdeen, Mississippi. She relocated to Gary, IN where she was a pillar of the community and faithful Christian. She was preceded in death by her husband John Gates Sr., her grandson Courtney Gates, ten siblings and other close family members. Dessie leaves to cherish her memories a loving daughter Annette Gates of Indianapolis, IN., and devoted son John (Tonya)Gates Jr. of Hobart, IN., two grandchildren Dejuan Colbert, Janyse Gates, three great grandchildren Tamia, Tiana, Dejuan Jr., three sisters and one brother of Michigan and a host of other special loves ones, family and friends. Visitation Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 9:00a.m.- 11:00a.m. with family hour from 10-11:00a.m. Funeral services to follow at 11:00a.m. all service at Western Christian Community Church, 2826 West 15th Avenue Gary, IN 46404. Interment Evergreen Memorial Park.