Jo Anne Gates

February 27, 1944May 17, 2020

"You are my sunshine!"

Jo Anne Daniel Newbury Gates, recently of Norfolk and Lincoln NE, passed away May 17, 2020 at her home in Loveland CO. She was 76 years of age. Jo Anne was born February 27, 1944 in Tacoma WA to Robert and Maxine Daniel. She married her husband Kenneth Leroy Gates, a Lincoln NE native, July 8, 1972 in Salt Lake City UT. She is survived by her husband Ken, her two sons Thomas Leroy (Tatyana Razumov); Jeffrey Lyle (Chrystal) and two beloved granddaughters Nina Rose and Sylvia Jean. Her husband and family now reside in Loveland and Westminster CO.

She is also survived by her two sisters Carla K Daniel Clearfield UT and Katherine Lee Newbury Lerab Ling Roqueredonde France. She is survived by two brothers Robert M Newbury (Nancy) Roswell GA and Jimmy W Newbury, Middleburg FL. Jo Anne was preceded in death by her parents Robert O Daniel; Virginia Maxine Daniel Newbury and step-father David Newbury. Jo Anne is a Tacoma WA native. She always treasured her many visits back to the Pacific NW.

Her mother remarried a Navy man when Jo Anne was young. As with many military families, relocating was always the way of life. She attended at least 7 schools in as many different cities/states. She graduated from high school in Virginia Beach VA and attended St Mary’s College in Maryland. Her first career job was with AT&T Washington DC.

Eventually she returned to the Pacific NW at Whidbey Island WA to rejoin her mom, dad and step dad. She was eventually accepted to flight attendant school for Western Airlines. Jo Anne received her “wings” in 1968. She received numerous outstanding commendations including the saving the life of a military man on one of her flights. She was based in Salt Lake City UT. Jo Anne met her hubby and was married in SLC on July 8, 1972.

Jo Anne switched to Western Airlines Reservations after the birth of their 1st son Thomas. In SLC Jo Anne also managed apartment villages. Jo Anne and Ken moved to Park City UT to manage a condo hotel next to the ski slopes. It was in Park City that their 2nd son Jeffery was born. Their next move took them to Santa Barbara CA where she managed a fast food restaurant and also worked with apt management.

Jo Anne and Ken wanted to move back to NE to be closer to the Gates family headquarters. “Better to be close to grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and friends,” she often said. In Norfolk NE she was teacher’s aide, retail clerk, medical lab courier and mom. In Lincoln NE she was involved in apartment management and retail.

Her hobbies included the gathering of new friends who all treasured her wonderful spirit and loving nature. She was adopted into the Nebraska Gates family with open arms and loved by all. She was admired by so many people who often remarked that she “must be an Angel.” Another important hobby of Jo Anne’s is crocheting baby blankets for new moms. She must have completed at least 40 blankets. Her main goal at the end of life was to complete one last unfinished blanket.

Jo Anne was loving, non-critical, and never expressed a grudge. The thought of judging another person never entered her mind. Her spirit was as clean and shiny as a morning ray of sunshine. She loved to spend time with her YaYa Sisterhood (Kathy, Carol, Mary, Ilana, Dianne). She loved her brothers and sisters, her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, her nieces and nephews, her sons and daughters-in-law, especially her granddaughters! SHE LOVED ALL OF HER FAMILY MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE! She is our sunshine!

We give special thanks to the Banner Health medical teams and Pathways Hospice in Loveland.

Memoriam: In lieu of flowers please make donations in Jo Anne’s name to the Fort Collins Rescue Mission, 316 Jefferson St. Fort Collins CO 80524 (970) 224-4302 (


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May 28, 2020

Joanne sounds like an amazing lady and a true friend which is hard to come by,rest in peace 🙏. Condolences to her family

Dianne Rowland

May 25, 2020

My Dearest Jo,
You and I never liked saying “goodbye “. We always knew we would see each other again. It was always”Hey Darlin “ or See you later gator”.
I’am so grateful for your long time friendship and also how you taught me what was important so many times. The thing is that you never took any credit for how many times your words carried me through the difficult times.
To say I will miss you beyond measure is a given.
I love you my dear friend. Your infectious laugh will be with me forever. And so,
“Hey Darlin, See you later gator “

Kathy & Kenny Eberhardt

May 24, 2020

About 35 years ago, we got new neighbors in Norfolk, right next door. I walked over with a plate of cookies and introduced myself, and the rest is history. JoAnne and I were instant friends, and our families spent a lot of time together through the years and watched each other's kids grow up. Lots of memories, that I will keep tucked in my heart. Then six of us girlfriends, became a circle of friendship, and waltzed thru many years, of spending time, coffee, lunch, crafts, playing cards, going out of town, and our special girls weekend once a year. We have so many stories and laughs. In 2007 we moved to Loveland, and 3 years later, JoAnne and Kenny moved here to be close to their son's. Not in a million years did we think this would happen, but they moved two houses down from us. Neighbors again!! Yeah!!, I can't tell you the number of times we went back and forth to each other's homes, and enjoyed our time together. JoJo was so caring, thoughtful, and had a giggly laugh that was silly and infectious. Just one of those people you wanted to be around. She was a fighter to the end, and I respected her so. She taught me lessons on how to never give up. She kept a positive attitude always. She so loved her family, and her Nina and Silvia were the sunshine in her life! You are loved and will be missed dear friend! Watch over us Jo Jo, until we meet again! I will never ever forget!

Ardyce Follette

May 23, 2020

JoAnn you will be truly missed...had a ball working with you and you always adding your humor with your duck interpretation...loved in peace my little and miss you

Corey Osborne

May 23, 2020

Jo Jo, my other Mom. She was the best I was always welcomed in their home and she made me feel like one of hers. The memories that I
acquired at the Gates home growing up are way too many to count thank you. You will be greatly missed. Love your other son Corey Michael Osborne

Sue Rudloff

May 23, 2020

Joanne never stopped giggling and it was contagious. I loved it when she and I went looking for kay. She was so much fun.

Carol Petersen

May 23, 2020

JoAnne, I will miss you so much! From our jobs where we worked together, to watching our favorite movie, Sling Blade, every year or two. We all loved your Donald Duck voice and your class act personality. We will miss your " Okey Dokey".

Mary Leise

May 22, 2020

JoAnne will be greatly missed by all. She had a heart of gold and a smile that made your day. I've known Jo for a very long time and never did I hear her say unkind words about anyone. We spent many summers at the Gates lake home and Jo always had to get it prepped and ready for us girls. It had to be just perfect. JoAnne was always ready for a fun time. Wherever Jo was, there would always be her laugh. She was a true fighter. Gonna miss you Jo. Love you.

Capt Charles (Bob) Munsey Jr. USN Ret

May 22, 2020

I first met Joanne when we were in high school in Lexington Park, Maryland. Her brother Jim and I were friends right from the 9th grade and Joanne was as much a sister to me as she was to Jim. We laughed and joked together. Both of our families were transferred to Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Virginia, where I spent many weekends in her home. I remember one time when Jim and I were in his bedroom at night telling 'off-color' jokes. She could hear us from her bedroom and we could hear her giggling. Joanne was active in her high school. We even kept in touch when she moved out west and became a 'stew'. The last time I saw her was during a visit with Jim in Middleburg, Florida. I heard about her illness and I only wish I had taken the time to call her. Always remember to take time for your dear friends.

Sharlotte Bown

May 21, 2020

I only meet Joanna and Kenneth once when she came to the bowling alley when she was visiting Carla. She acted like she new me forever! Very sweet lady. I'm sure she will be really missed. My condolences to her family.
Sharlotte Bown


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