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Betty Jo Gates

March 6, 1933 — March 14, 2024

Independence, Kansas

Betty Jo Gates, 91, Independence, Kansas passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2024, at The Journey Home in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Webb & Rodrick Chapel and Crematory and no services are currently planned. Memorials may be made to the Journey Home may be made on- line at or mailed to 900 Washington Blvd, Bartlesville, OK 74006 or The American Heart Association on-line at or mailed to The American Heart Association at 2227 E Skelly Dr, Tulsa, OK 74105

Betty was born March 6, 1933, in Sedan, Kansas to Clarence and Mildred Harkrader Hopkins. She attended and graduated from Sedan, Kansas Schools. Following her education Betty Married James Gates on November 25, 1960, the couple made their home in Independence, Kansas. Betty was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening and cooking for her family.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, one son Jerry O’Daniel, one brother, Doyle Hopkins and two sisters, Deena Fern Keeler, and Lucille Bohannan. Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 64 years James Gates of the home, one son, Jimmy ( Theresa) Gates, Independence, Kansas; two daughters, Pam O’Daniel, Nashville, Tennessee; Judy O’Daniel, Independence, Kansas; three grandchildren, Stacy ( Matt) Hickman, Topeka, Kansas; Morgan ( Lee) Decker, Savannah, Georgia; Jennifer ( Tony) Navarro, Payton, Colorado and eight great grandchildren.  To leave a special message for the family please visit Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Webb & Rodrick Chapel and Crematory.

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