Judy Kathryn Gates, 67, passed away peacefully in her home on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. She was born on March 30, 1952, to the late Basil and Ellen Beard in Batesville, Ark.
When she wasn’t working at the White River Medical Center in the dietary department, Judy loved to spend her time cooking, enjoying a good book, being an active member at the Church of Christ, and most of all she loved taking care of her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband Tommy Gates, sister Armalee Strock and brother Joe Beard.
She is survived by her son John Rowe (Charlotte) of Batesville, Ark.; step-son Shane Gates of La.; daughters, Kathryn Fulcher (David) of Batesville, Ark.; and Sonya Bunch (Junior) of Charlotte, Ark.; step-daughters, Melinda Morris and Patty Jernigan both of La.; and brother Jerry Beard of Cave City, Ark. Judy is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 9 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and her service will follow on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. Both will be held at Willis Funeral Service. Burial will be at Blue Springs Cemetery of Newark, Ark..