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112 West King Street
P.O. Box 336
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Phone: 717-532-2211
Fax: 717-532-8471
Sandra Gates

Sandra K. Gates (Koontz)

Tuesday, May 18th, 1937 - Thursday, March 14th, 2019
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Sandra K. Gates, 81 of Scotland, formerly of Shippensburg, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2019 in the Chambersburg Hospital.

She was born May 18, 1937 in Hershey, PA. Sandy was a daughter of the late Charles and Helen Griffith Koontz.

She was a member of the Shippensburg Historical Society and the Shippensburg Civic Club. She was a member of the Memorial Lutheran Church, Shippensburg, and the Chambersburg Country Club. Sandy was a past chairman of the Shippensburg Park & Recreation Commission, a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, the Shippensburg Junior Civic Club and United Way. She was active with the Cumberland Valley School of Music and a 1954 graduate of the former Shippensburg High School.

She is survived by her husband, John H. Gates, one daughter, Lisa Gates of Venice, FL, one son, Andrew C. Gates and his wife Ruth of Fairport, NY and two grandchildren, James and Rachel Gates.

In addition to her parents, Sandy was preceded in death by one son, David H. Gates.

Memorial services will be held privately. Burial will take place in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

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    114 North Morris St.
    shippensburg, PA 17257
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Charlie Tornetta

Posted at 01:42pm
You never saw Sandy that she did not provide a beautiful smile and a welcoming gesture. My families prayers truly go out for Sandy, John and her whole family.

Josiah Becker

Posted at 05:15am
As a boy growing up in Shippensburg I had the privilege of knowing Mrs. Gates. It was an honor. Even back then she touched so my lives to include mine.

Bruce Hockersmith

Posted at 11:36am
John and family: Our thoughts and prayers go with you as you experience life without Sandy. She was a unique individual who shared life's experiences to the fullest. It is with those memories that she will continue to be with us. Rest in peace. Sincerely, Bruce and Janice Hockersmith

Barbara Thompson

Posted at 08:12am
She was a lovely lady and I'm grateful for the privilege of knowing her. A life well-lived, Sandy. Rest in peace.

Jo Anne Coy

Posted at 11:07pm
I got to know the Gates family when Jeff worked at the clothing store when we were dating in college and when I taught the children in junior high. Sandy was a friend ever since, supporting Jeff in his career and me in my efforts on behalf of the public library. I will miss her but am grateful that I knew Sandy Gates and appreciated her friendship. Shippensburg has lost a strong and devoted community member. My prayers are with John and the entire Gates family. Jo Anne Coy

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