Effingham Daily News
---- — Dedra Ann Gates, 47, of Chicago, formerly of Vandalia, passed away at 8:18 a.m. Monday, May 13, 2013.
A private family service will be held in memory of Miss Gates. Holt & File Funeral Home, Vandalia, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Dedra was born Nov. 26, 1965, in Vandalia, the daughter of Lee Ugene and Ruby (Elder) Gates. Miss Gates enjoyed the arts, she liked to draw, paint, and to do crafts. She also liked animals, dancing, kites, holidays, drama plays, restaurants and all sports; her favorite was swimming, children and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her brothers, Dave Gates and wife, Sandy, of Decatur, Dennis Gates of Beecher City, Doug Gates of Keyesport, Darrell Gates and wife, Jeanette, of Beecher City, and Dale Gates of San Antonio; sisters, Debra and husband, Denny Hamel of Vandalia, Darla and husband, Ray Mahon of Uvalde, Texas, Dawn Doty of Beecher City, Della and husband, Jerry Beech of Lewisburg, Tenn.; 12 nephews; 6 nieces; and 21 great-nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents; maternal grandparents, Chet and Ethal Elder; paternal grandparents, Oscar and Ethal Gates; brother, Danny Gates; and sister, Denise Stephens.
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