Mary Leo Gates, 94, of Corpus Christi passed away on March 14, 2011. She was born on July 15, 1916 in Corpus Christi to Simeon and Maude Mae Brunson Roper. Gates graduated from Corpus Christi High School, was a bookkeeper for her husband in his real estate business and was a charter member of Annaville Baptist Church, where she was an Awana leader for 16 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Gates; her daughter, Mary Fayne Gardner; her daughter-in-law, Frances Gates; two brothers and two sisters.

She is survived by her son, Larry Gates of Mobile, Ala.; her daughter, Randy Sue Wood (Courtney) of Houston; her son-in-law, Don Gardner of Bryan; seven grandchildren, Shannon Wagoner, Travis Gates, Gates Gardner, Jill Gardner, Jayne Wood, Symmie Dark and Meredith Trammell; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 19, 2011 at Annaville Baptist Church, with Brother Robert Simmons and Brother Jess Cole officiating. Burial followed in Memory Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make contributions to Refuge of Hope at Annaville Baptist Church.

Sawyer-George Funeral Home