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Sharon Kay Gates

Sharon Kay Gates, beloved sister, Aunt, cousin and friend to so many, died Friday, August 27th in her home at the age of 71. Sharon is survived by her sisters Jan Kimble and Debbie Stewart (husband, Dave Stewart), brother Terry Miller, nephews Rick Henderson and Steven Stewart, her nieces Carinne McNamara and Shanna Hutcheson, several great nieces and great nephews, and very importantly, her current beloved puppies Marty and Joey. Sharon was born on September 23, 1949 in Kansas City, Missouri to Elmer and Carolyn Miller of Oak Grove, Missouri. Sharon graduated as the Valedictorian from Oak Grove High School in 1967, received her Bachelors degree in Music/Education from CMSU in Warrensburg Missouri and later earned her Master's degree in Library Sciences, becoming a school librarian in Nixa, MO until her retirement. She was married to Dwight Gates for 50 years. They never had kids but had many puppy kids over the years and she loved them all like her own children, not limited to but including Harvey, Ashley, Sammy, and Rusty. Sharon loved gathering with her many friends and groups she was a part of: her bunko groups, the retired librarian get-togethers, Retired Teachers Association, and her annual Kamp Khan girls' weekends. She was a lifelong Star Trek enthusiast and loved anything and everything to do with space, the moon and the stars. She was an avid reader and writer, and shared that love with all her nephews, nieces, and family members. Silver Dollar City was one of her favorite places to visit and we made an annual family trip at Christmas time over the last 30 years. As friends on Facebook said: I will always and forever think of you in the stars, a bright, magnetic, energy-filled light. She was a talent beyond measure, a generous, self-deprecating, funny and loving friend with a heart of gold. We hope she knew how very much she was loved, and by so many. Due to the ongoing pandemic, a Celebration of Sharon's Life will be held at a later date.

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My sister in law Paula Giles introduced me to her best friend Sharon. I spoke with Sharon at Paulas funeral and thanked her for being with Paula in her last hours. My condolences to Sharons sisters and brother. I hope that my letter and card reached her sister.

Sue Giles Oct 2 2021 12:00 AM

I was only Sharon and Dwights neighbor for the last two years, but it seems like weve been there longer. They were so welcoming, and we helped each other through COVID shutdown. My favorite memory was Sharons face lighting up when her sunroom was finished. She was SO happy! It was also a joy to see her with Marty and Joey every day as well as take care of her lawn. It was empowering having such a strong and positive woman do more than people half their age. Thank you for talking me through learning the challenges of a zero turn mower! My sincere sympathy to family and friends. I cant imagine what you are going through. Dont hesitate to come knock next door if I can be of assistance.

Yvette Medley Sep 17 2021 12:00 AM

Sharon Gates brought so many gifts to our lives.. We will never forget her!

Kamp Sisters Sep 12 2021 12:00 AM

The staff and dealers at Relics Antique Mall will miss Sharon. Our sincere sympathies to her family at this unfathomable time.

Beverly Robb Sep 8 2021 12:00 AM

With loving memories of Sharon Gates - a true friend with a heart of gold.

Dianne Richart Sep 3 2021 12:00 AM

As a neighbor Sharon always loved to stop by on her many walks thru Oakmont Heights. Chloe my lab and her Marty and Joey would romp while we visited. Off she would go to finish their excursions. She had a smile and kind word for everybody. She will be truly missed. My deepest condolences to the family.

Ester Talburt Sep 2 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Sharon Gates

Ester Talburt Sep 2 2021 12:00 AM

I met Sharon through a mutual friend, Paula. Her bubbly personality was magnetic. We loved volunteering at many book fairs, and we enjoyed lunches and trips to Silver Dollar City. She was always there to help anyone who needed it. She will be truly missed! Sincerest sympathy to her family and friends. Linda Ralph

Linda Ralph Sep 2 2021 12:00 AM

Sharon was a great friend to my sister, Pat. She was always smiling and friendly and sweet. Jo Slahck

Jo Slahck Sep 1 2021 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to Sharon's family. She was always smiling. Jo Ellen (Cummins) Slahck

Jo Slahck Sep 1 2021 12:00 AM

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