Deborah Ann Gates

September 01, 1954 - July 20, 2020

Debbie Gates

Debbie Gates, 65, of Crystal Beach, died Monday, July 20, 2020. She was born on September 1, 1954, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, to Mary Hazel Bouillion Roy and Louis Roy. Debbie loved her home and life at the beach with her loving husband and referred to their place as Heavenly Gates. Her kids and grandkids were her greatest blessings. Debbie always had a smile on her face and never met a stranger. Her faith, strength and support of many family and friends got her through the past several years. Her family was her circle of strength and love, founded on faith, joined by love, kept by God and will be together forever.

Survivors include her husband, William “Bill” Gates, of Crystal Beach; children, Jennifer Lynne Stevens and her husband, Vince, of Orangefield; Roy Quince Tiller IV and his wife, Danielle, of Nederland; Christi Leigh Smith and her husband, Justin, of Orangefield; Jennifer Gates Weeren and her husband, Jeremy, of Nederland; Julianne Gates Hammock and her husband, Brandon, of Nederland; and Jonathan Arthur Gates and his wife, Kaylee, of Nederland; brother, Keith Roy and his wife, Leslie, of Jasper; and grandchildren, Matthew Engle; Karleigh Engle; Aubrey Tiller; Oliver Tiller; Rayleigh Smith; Hunter Smith; Max Weeren; Maddie Weeren; Leo Hammock; Monty Hammock; Rose Hammock; and Remy Gates.

She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Jeff Roy.

A Rosary for Mrs. Gates’ will be recited at 5:00 p.m., Friday, July 24, 2020, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland, with a gathering of her family and friends to follow until 8:00 p.m. Her funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 25, 2020, at Broussard’s, Nederland, with her interment to follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches.

Memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities, 2780 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, Texas 77703.

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Broussard's Mortuary - Nederland
505 N 12th Street Nederland, TX 77627
Friday, July 24, 2020
5:00 p.m.
Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - Nederland
505 N 12th Street Nederland, TX 77627
Friday, July 24, 2020
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Funeral Service
Broussard's Mortuary - Nederland
505 N 12th Street Nederland, TX 77627
Saturday, July 25, 2020
10:00 a.m.
Oak Bluff Memorial Park
618 Block Port Neches, TX 77651

Comments (8)

  • Jenny Simmons

    27 July 2020 at 18:24 | #

    I met Debbie at CHRISTUS St Mary hospital when she was working in the treasury department. Then we reconnected at Crystal Beach. I am so sorry for the families loss. She gave cancer a good fight. I will miss my friend.


  • Suzanne Skelton

    26 July 2020 at 13:08 | #

    She is a angel in heaven because she was a angel on earth. She was superb at getting friends and family together. Going to miss that beautiful smile.


  • Alicia Wriston

    25 July 2020 at 18:32 | #

    Christ,Jenn, and Roy, Your mom was such a beautiful soul and she will be missed by so many. We are keeping you and your families in our prayers.


  • Darlene Firmin

    23 July 2020 at 00:16 | #

    My prayers & thoughts are with the family of Debbie. I met Debbie at St. Elizabeth. We became friends. Debbie always had a smile on her and made you smile. She will be missed.


  • Cheryl Engle

    22 July 2020 at 17:02 | #

    Jennifer sorry for the loss of your Mom. My thoughts and prayers are with y’all. Love, Cheryl


  • Sherry Rivera

    22 July 2020 at 16:56 | #

    I am so sorry for your loss. I retired from St. Elizabeth's after 23 years. I remember Debbie always had a smile and was so sweet and friendly. A very gentle soul. May God wrap his arms around your family and give you comfort, peace and strength.


  • Ranella Enmon

    22 July 2020 at 13:49 | #

    I First Met Debbie when My Daughter Stacy And Her Son Roy Were in Kindergarten Together. From that Day on I knew That Debbie was a Special Lady...And I Enjoyed Seeing Her at School all through Stacy and Roy’s School Years At Orangefield. I know Her Family was Everything to Her. Debbie had That Wonderful Smile That Just Made You fell Good when You Saw it. I am Praying for Her Husband, Kids And Grandkids...But I know Her Great Love will be with them forever.


  • Rose & Corey Alfaro

    22 July 2020 at 07:58 | #

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. Debbie was a beautiful lady and will not be forgotten.


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