Darlene Marie Gates, age 83, of Brainerd, passed away on Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at Essentia-St. Joseph’s Medical Center. Darlene was born on May 21, 1935 in Brainerd to Walter & Alice (Engle) Malloy. She married Donald Gates on October 3, 1953 and together they had three daughters. Darlene worked as the Head Waitress at Madden’s for over 13 years. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, VFW, American Legion, Eagles, Country Pool League and NRA. She served as an election judge for 25 years, church secretary and township secretary. Darlene enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing pool, cooking, Christmas shopping and spending time with family and friends. Darlene was a supporter of the Alanon Program.
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Left to cherish her memory are her daughters: Janeen Gates of Brainerd, and Janelle (Roland Beauto) Gates of Maple Grove; grandchildren: Bill (Tracy Ellingson) Anderson of Nowthen, Tina Marsland of Lockhart, TX, Amanda Ford of Brainerd, and Paul (Jeanne) Layman Kempner of TX; great-grandchildren: Justen Anderson, Moira Layman, Kasondra Ford, Annie Anderson, Cecilia Ford, Aizlynn Ford, Ila Marsland, Caitlyn Layman and Lillie Layman; siblings: Joyce Radamacher, Thomas (Pat Van-Guilder) Malloy, John (Jane) Malloy, and Mary (Oliver) Maleski; brothers-in-law, Dellis Gangestad and Will (Carole) Gates; sisters-in-law: Marean Smedley and Ameila Niesen.
Preceding Darlene in death are her parents, Walter and Alice; in-laws, Seallum and Gladys Gates; husband, Donald; brothers-in-law, Jim Gates, Jerry Gates, Roger Radamacher; aunt and uncle, Albert and Lorraine Erickson; daughter, Julianne Layman; sister-in-law, Ione Malloy; sister JoAnn Gangestad.
Funeral service for Darlene will be held on Monday, December 31, 2018 at 11AM at Zion Lutheran Church. Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 30, 2018 from 12-3PM at Brenny Funeral Home-BAXTER, and one hour prior to the service, Monday at the church, with Darlene’s favorite old time country gospels. Interment will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery. Lunch will be served during the visitation and following the funeral service.
Caring for Darlene and the Gates Family
Halvorson Johnson Funeral Home
Brainerd 218 829 3581