Denise Ann Gates
Loving Mother and Wife

Denise, Age 62, passed away on Saturday, March 25, 2017. She was a resident of the Pikes Peak region most of her life, spending many of the more recent years in Penrose, Colorado.

Denise was born on March 20, 1955 to Gene and DeAaeon Hamann in Ft. Worth, Texas. On July 25, 1978 she married Tom Gates in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Denise loved flowers and working with children. She never failed to say “Hello” to her neighbors and made a point to wave to folks she had yet to meet. After putting herself through college at UCCS she gave her time and love to the children at Penrose Elementary in Penrose, Colorado.

Denise is survived by her loving family including her husband, Tom; her children, Kyle and Christina; her devoted father, Gene and his wife Bonnie; and the best sisters she could ask for, Laurel and Sonja. Unfortunately, she was preceded in passing by her younger sister, Julie, and her mother, DeAaeon.

A memorial service will be held for Denise at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel, 1730 East Fountain Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80910.

In lieu of flowers please send memorials to The Lupus Foundation of America via their website,

“There is a poem called “Loss” carved into stone. It has three words, but the poet scratched them out…
You cannot read loss… you may only feel it.” – Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

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