Arlene Maxine Gates

Dates

May 8, 1933 - May 30, 2011

Obituary

 

 

Arlene Maxine Gates was born May 8, 1933 in Parker, SD to Art and Leona (Smith) Jones.  She attended country school and graduated from Parker High School in 1951. In 1954 she received her R.N. Degree from Sioux Valley School of Nursing.  She dedicated her life to nursing, working in Sioux Falls, Minnesota and Arizona before returning to Mitchell in 1966 to work at Methodist Hospital. On June 13, 1968 she married Ronald Gates Sr. in Alexandria.  They purchased Mitchell Retirement Home in 1969, where Arlene was the Director of Nursing. In 1984 they purchased Firesteel Healthcare Center, where Arlene worked until her retirement in 1998. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, where she delivered roses to the families of newborns and taught 2-year-old Sunday school. Arlene served on the board of directors of Wesley Acres and was active as a spouse in the South Dakota Trapshooting Association and the Mitchell Gun Club.  She was South Dakota Ladies Archery Champion in 1970.  For many years Arlene played Mrs. Claus for the nursing home, bringing smiles to many faces.

Arlene touched many lives through her hobby of cross-stitching.  She always thought of others and sent many cards with personal notes to celebrate birthdays and other special occasions.  She valued and maintained close relationships with many friends and family members, organizing reunions to help people stay connected.

Grateful for having shared her life are husband, Ronald Gates, Sr.; one daughter, Lauri and husband, Mark Robinson and children, Molly and Betsy of Spokane, WA; a stepson, Ronald Gates, Jr. and wife, Rose of Mitchell and their children, Chris and Shelly of Orlando, FL; Nick and fiancé, Maja Cromwell of Vermillion; three sisters: Ruth (Peter) Gortmaker, Parker, Bettie (Gene) Larsen, Sioux Falls and Marilyn (Jerry) Davis, Rapid City; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Dale “Doc” Jones and a sister, Ellen Berg.

 

A Memorial Fund has been established to the Arlene Gates Nursing Scholarship

at Dakota Wesleyan University.

 


Visitation(s)

Date
Friday, June 3, 2011
Time
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location
First United Methodist Church
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
310 North Rowley Street
Mitchell, South Dakota

Service

Date
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Time
11:00 AM
Location
First United Methodist Church
310 North Rowley Street
Mitchell, South Dakota

Cemetery

Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota


entry posted by Richard and Christine Jones and Family on 06-21-2011
Dear Ron and Family, We were very saddend to learn of Aunt Arlene's passing. She was a very very special aunt; one never to forget or leave unnoticed a birthday, graduation or special event. Her positive outlook and approach to live was always welcomed and will surely be missed. Please accept our heartfelt sympathies and deepest condolences.
entry posted by Rose Andersen on 06-18-2011
My sincere sympathy to you and your family. Thoughts and prayers are with you, Ron and family. I will always remember Arlene with her wonderful smile and her cheerful spirit.
entry posted by Lilah Gillis on 06-06-2011
Lauri, so sorry to hear about your mom. She always made me feel welcome and I'll never forget our trip to NYC. Peace.
entry posted by Deb and Joe Kleeman and Family on 06-03-2011
Uncle Ron, Lauri and family... Aunt Arlene was that "Special Aunt". She was truly an inspiration! Her caring and loving ways will live in our hearts forever but we share in your sadness today. Praying for God's comfort.
entry posted by Bettie and Gene Larsen on 06-03-2011
Our hearts ache for all of you as we go through this sad time in our lives. Arlene and I had so many growing up memories on the farm. She has been such a blessing to our childres and was such a great role model for them.. She will not be physically present at our future family get-to-gethers but we will all feel her love and caring as she so lived her life.
entry posted by Alice (Dvorak) Staebell on 06-02-2011
Our sympathy to you all. I have many memories of country and Parker school with Arlene. She always had a smile. I'll keep her in my memories as I know you will too.God Bless you all!!
entry posted by karen and Marwin Hofer on 06-02-2011
We will miss Arlene greatly as she was always so good to us. She opened her home to us while we went to college at DWU and hosted both of our graduation parties at her home. She always had the most positive attitude about everything, and was so encouraging to us. We know she loved the Lord so much, and we are happy she is now in her Fathers Arms. Our hearts ache during this difficult time, but plese know we are praying for you, and hope that you can feel Gods peace.
entry posted by Sherri Johnson-Mattson on 06-02-2011
Ron, Laurie and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Arlene was a wonderful woman and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you
entry posted by Mary Miller on 06-02-2011
I remember playing softball at Parker with the Jones girls, so many memories. I also worked at the Nursing Home in Parker and have great memories working for and with your family. My Prayers are with you all. Arlene's smile will be missed.
entry posted by SHAWNA AND DAVID LARSEN AND FAMILY on 06-01-2011
DEAR RON AND FAMILY, WE WANT YOU TO KNOW WE ARE THINKING OF YOU ALL. ARLENE WAS A LOVING AND KIND PERSON. SHE WAS ALWAYS SO HAPPY AND ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO BE AROUND. MAY IT COMFORT YOU IN KNOWING THAT ARLENE LIVES ON IN EVERYONES LIFE SHE TOUCHED.
entry posted by Bonnie Johnson on 06-01-2011
How sad we are to lose Arlene. She was such a beautiful person, and always had a smile for everyone. She brought great joy to all of us! It is comforting to know that she is in Heaven and with other members of her family. May it comfort you, Ron and family to know that we care and will miis Arlene very much.
entry posted by Char & Mick Turner on 05-31-2011
Our tears flow, Our past blessed with Arlene in it, Our future hopeful.. to join her in heaven with the rest of our family..Ellen, Art, Lynn, Dianne, Grandma & Grandpa Jones, Doc, Eloise and all our loved ones. Ron, Laurie and families-Your loss and grief are ours also and know that you will always have family who loves you and misses Arlene more than we can say. God Bless
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