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Lilla M Gates

May 23, 2016

Lilla Mae Gates 92, she died at Kansas Christian Home was reunited with her Lord and children on May 23, 2016.


Lilla was born July 24, 1923 in Pawnee, Oklahoma to Oliver and Lola Mae (Wilton) Brenneman. She married Robert Cornwell who preceded her in death and later married Carlton Gates who also preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by a son, a daughter, two sisters and one brother.


She was a lifelong member of the VFW and American Legion Auxiliary both in Newton, and was also an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #5 Newton. Lilla was a longtime member of the Newton First Baptist Church. She was a joy to all who knew her and found the silver lining in every situation. Her favorite quote was “it will all work out”. She will be missed dearly by her loving family, close friends and those who cared for her daily.


Lilla is survived by nieces: Marilyn Kurtz of Kansas City, KS and Susan Sabin and her partner Kerin Trapp of Thornton, CO. One great niece Shannon Kurtz of Kansas City, MO. She is also survived by many who loved her dearly.


Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Chip Bungard presiding. Order of the Eastern Star Rites will be given at the chapel. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery Newton.


Memorials are suggested to American Legion in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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2 thoughts on “Lilla M Gates

  1. A wonderful lady, mentor and Angel walking on earth….I had the privilege and Honor to have in my life.
    You will be greatly missed.

  2. I had the pleasure of meeting Lila through my mother, Juanita George. Lila is an Angel in Heaven looking down on us. I know my mother is heartbroken over the loss of her long time friend, RIP !!

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