Deborah Ann Gates

September 1, 1954 - July 20, 2020

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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Oak Bluff Memorial Park

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Funeral Service

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  • 07/25/2020
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Gathering of Family and Friends

Gathering of Family and Friends
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  • 07/24/2020
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Rose & Corey Alfaro

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

Ranella Enmon

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.

Sherry Rivera

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.

Cheryl Engle

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

Darlene Firmin

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.

Alicia Wriston

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.

Suzanne Skelton

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.

Jenny Simmons

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.