ERIE — Jamie J. Gates, 44, of rural Erie passed away at 9:23 p.m. Thursday, May 13, 2021, at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.
Jamie was born on Nov. 6, 1976, at Parsons to Mike and Brenda (Swayze) Elsworth. She grew up on the family farm at rural Erie and attended Erie schools, graduating from Erie High School in 1995. She played basketball, volleyball and softball for the Red Devils. Jamie then attended Neosho County Community College, where she played basketball for the Panthers. She then attended Pittsburg State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Jamie worked at Pete’s Corp. in Parsons while she attended college.
Jamie started her career at Pitt Plastics in Pittsburg as an account receivables specialist. She moved to rural Erie, where she worked at Pete’s Corp. for over 20 years as a price book coordinator.
She enjoyed playing coed volleyball, family trips and her Yorkie, Izzy. Jamie had a love for agriculture, animals and the outdoors. She was active in the Neosho County 4-H, showed horses on the horse circuit and loved raising chickens, growing flowers and gardening. Jamie adored her nieces and nephews and loved being another mother to them.
Jamie always had a strong faith foundation and attended Excelsior House of Prayer at rural Erie and then Flag Church in Pittsburg. She was active in First Assembly of God Church in Parsons, where she was passionate in the teaching of the youth group and children’s church. Jamie was a woman of faith and had a strong devotion in her Lord Jesus. Her faith was evident throughout her life and illness as she shared her faith and touched the lives of everyone she knew including the health care workers who provided her care.
Jamie and Sheldon Gates were united in marriage on Sept. 18, 2004, at Foursquare Church in Parsons. He survives of the home.
Her other survivors include her parents, Mike and Brenda Elsworth of rural Erie; her brother, Dustie Elsworth and his wife, Heather, of rural Erie; her sister, Codie Bartholomew and her husband, Jeff, of rural Erie; her grandmother, Catherine Swayze of rural Erie; her nephews, Ethan and Aidan Bartholomew; her nieces, Taylor, Lilly, Zoey and Haddie Elsworth; her mother-in-law, Carol Gates of rural Girard; her sister-in-law, Phyllis Bia of Lawrence; her brother-in-law, Louis Bia and his wife, Debra, of Lawrence; and many cousins, aunts and uncles.
Jamie was preceded in death by her sons, Gabriel and Noah Gates; her grandparents, Pastor Merl Swayze Sr. and Norman and Gertrude Elsworth; and her father-in-law, Bob Gates.
The service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Parsons with Pastor Rocky Swayze officiating. Burial will follow in the Swayze Family Cemetery at rural Erie. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The casket will remain closed.
Memorials are suggested to the Jamie Gates Memorial Scholarship Fund and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.