Barbara
Barbara Jo Gates, a 41 year resident of Long Beach, CA passed away on Sunday, January 9, 2011 in Long Beach. She was born in Salina, Kansas on July 21, 1940 and was 70 when she died. Barbara was very involved in her church, Community Presbyterian Church, where she sang in the choir. She loved the Lord. Barbara loved her family and spending time with her neighbors at the Manor. She was "known" as MA! A loving Grandmother and an amazing Mom, Barbara will be missed so much and is smiling down on us all! Barbara is survived by sons, Tony Collins of San Diego, CA and Tim Collins of WA; daughters, Kathy Rolfe of Yuba City, CA and Brenda Izzo and son-in-law Mike Izzo of Torrance, CA; grandson Derle Rolfe and great- grandson Connor of Yuba City, CA; grandchildren Rachel, Sarah and Matthew Izzo and great-grandson Lane Michael of Torrance, CA. She was preceded in death by parents, Frances and Joseph Whitaker. The Service will be held at White & Day Colonial Mortuary on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 11:00 AM. A reception follows in Colonial's Lighthouse Reception Room from 12 noon to 2:00 PM. Burial will be private.

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  1. I met Barbara a few years back when she would ride up on her little red scooter to get bread from our church pantry. I was in charge then and as the weeks passed we got to know each other better and became good friends. I started picking her up and bring her with me and we would even go to breakfast or lunch taking turns who paid. She was a very giving and loving woman and will be missed greatly. She was there when I lost my father and my son within one week of each other and was such a blessing to me at that time. She will always be a friend in my heart. RIP Barbara

  2. So sad to hear off Barb’s passing. Thanks for sharing the pictures. She was a sweet lady we will miss. Sue, Amelia and Janice

  3. We will miss you Ma !!! Your memories are in our hearts……….and you would have loved the gathering of people…well i am sure you did! A special thanks to all who joined us!

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