June 11, 1928 - November 17, 2020
Ella Louise Gateley passed away peacefully Tuesday evening November 17, 2020 at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where she received very loving care and resided since April, 2020. She was born June 11, 1928 in Cape Girardeau to the late Roy E. Sanders and Bertha Johnson Sanders. She was a life-long resident of Cape Girardeau, attending May Greene School and graduating from Cape Girardeau Central High School in 1945. Ella and Melvin R. Gateley were married June 7, 1951. They had two children; Stephen K. Gateley of Nashville, Tennessee and Renauta Gateley McNabb of Cape Girardeau. Ella was a wonderful Christian woman devoted to the Lord and her family. As a young women she was the manager of Sears Order Office here in Cape. She took time off to raise her family and went back to work after her children were grown. She then became Church Secretary for First Baptist Church where she served for 18 years. She loved decorating her home, gardening, and working with crafts. Anyone who knew Ella knew she was a very elegant woman who was always "dressed to the nines". She was a wonderful cook who enjoyed cooking for family and friends, especially for her three loving grandchildren. She and Melvin were very active in the community and the Church serving on many committees as well as being very active in their Sunday School Class and fellowship groups. Survivors include a son, Stephen (Melinda) Gateley of Nashville, Tennessee, a daughter Renauta (John) McNabb; three grand children, Stuart (Emily) Gateley, Andrew Gateley and Molly McNabb; as well as a brother Harold Sanders of Niceville, Florida. Ella was preceded in death by both her parents; and her devoted husband Melvin to whom she was married for sixty seven years. Friends and family are welcome to attend a brief visitation on Saturday November 21, 2020 from 10:00am until 11:00am at Ford and Sons Funeral Home at 1001 North Mt. Auburn Road, Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701. A memorial service in the chapel will follow at 11:00am; officiated by the Reverend Kevin Coffee of Lynwood Baptist Church. The family requests that all who choose to attend please wear masks and practice social distancing. In lieu of flowers or gifts, Ella's family would be pleased if memorial gifts would be made either to Lynwood Baptist Church or to Lynwood Christian Academy both at 2935 Lynwood Hills Drive, Cape Girardeau Missouri, 63701. Online condolences may be made at www.fordandsonsfuneralhome.com all arrangements have been coordinated by Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
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