Thelma M. Gates

January 01, 1930 ‒ April 08, 2019

Galion, Ohio

Thelma M. Gates of Galion passed away on Monday, April 8, 2019 from natural causes. She was born January 1, 1930 in Joplin, Missouri. Thelma was a beloved wife, mother, sister and daughter.

Thelma loved quilting, and spent over 40 years making quilts of love for her family and friends along with making homemade cookies. She loved to tend to her flower garden in the spring, summer, and fall. Thelma had an enormous heart full of love for her family.

She is survived by a brother Thelbert Ledford of California; three children, Anna Jean Leapley of Ohio,  Nadine (Jeff) Tomecko of Tennessee and Raymond Alton (Cindy) Gates III of North Carolina; eight grandchildren, Steven (Cindy) Leapley of California, Brian (Melissa) Faubush of Kentucky, Dustin (Donna) Tomecko of Ohio, Jason (Angela) Tomecko of Tennessee, Josie (Jason) Deane of Indiana, Teresa (Derrick) Brooks of North Carolina, Cheyenne Gates of North Carolina and Dallas Gates of North Carolina; 18 great grandchildren, Chelsea Wells, Jordan, Micah, Daisey, Slater, Kai, and Piper Leapley, Gunnar Faubush-Baker, Wensday, Echo, Ejypt, Fairy, Lorelei, and Jayce Tomecko, Caleb and Hunter Deane, Cain Zavier and Hendrix Lee.

Thelma is preceded in death by husband Raymond “Jack” Alton Gates Jr, twin children, two brothers, one sister, and son-in-law Jim Leapley.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Crawford County Memory Gardens in Crestline with Rev. Joe Stafford officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Thelma Gates, and condolences may be made to them at

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  • So sorry for your loss, Anna and family. She loved you all so much. It was evident in everything she did! Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Peace, for the journey.

  • Anna and family – our heart felt sympathies to all. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. LHK&P

  • Anna Jean and Nadine, we are so sorry to read that Aunt Thelma has passed. It has been so many years have passed but our thoughts are still there. May God be you in this difficult time, He will comfort you!

  • Sorry to hear about the loss of Aunt Thelma May God be with you during your time of loss.

  • Was so sorry to hear this morning of Thelma’s passing. I had only met her and spent a few hours with her twice but she left a lasting impression and her love of family, home and quilting were evident. Keeping Anna, her siblings and extended family in our hearts and prayers. I can just imagine Thelma in the midst of a heavenly quilting group and rejoicing at being Home with family and friends that have been waiting for her. You’re in our thoughts and prayers. God bless.