Carole E Gates

April 18, 1927March 27, 2021
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Carole Elizabeth Gates, 93, of Indianapolispassed away peacefully at home on Saturday March 27, 2021. She was born April 18, 1927 to Cassius Wescott and Hilda Orcutt Wescott. Carole worked for the Indiana State Board of Health and LaRue Carter Hospital and retired in 1992. She was an accomplished artist, storyteller, and loved to travel and play cards with friends.

She is survived by her sister, Joan Bernard, her children, David McKinney (Sharon), Pamela Rees (Glenn); grandchildren Christian McKinney (David Sudhop), Scott McKinney, Matt Rees (Sarah), Joel Rees (Tina), Shem Rees, Lilla Rees, Emmaline Rees; great-grandchildren Jared McKinney, Grace Sudhop, Jamaica Rees, and Wednesday Rees; great-great grandchild Salem Ripperger, many nieces and nephews, and her village of friends.

She was preceded in death by her beloved partner, H. Joan Schaub, and grandson Micah Rees. She was loved by all who met her, and will be greatly missed by family, friends, and her cherished cat, Sterling. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cats Haven, or FACE Low Cost Animal Clinic, both of Indianapolis.


  • Visitation

    Friday, April 2, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, April 2, 2021


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Darien Tropf

April 2, 2021

Carole was one of the first people I met back in 2005 when I moved from Ohio to Indianapolis. I loved her feisty spirit, her wit, and her infectious laughter. I can only imagine the fun she was when she was younger, given how much she was always in the middle of in her later years. :-)

She was a one-of-a-kind and will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved her. My sincerest condolences to her family. May your memories of her and the fun times sustain you throughout your lives.

Susan Kopiwoda

April 1, 2021

Carole knew how to make you laugh! I grew up thinking of Carole as the perfect mom - our 2nd mom. She was beautiful, resourceful, found the sunny side of the most difficult happening, and could cook up a storm out of nothing. We will miss her ... though she leaves us with many wonderful Carole & Betty memories - we will be fondly entertained for years to come.

Cyndi Rumbaugh

March 31, 2021

I’ll never forget that the first time I met Carole, she gave me a palm reading that was both Intriguing & accurate. She told me that her mother had taught her how to read palms. I always learned something new & interesting when chatting with Carole. She lived life to the fullest & openly shared her humorous & interesting stories & life experiences. Carole’s artistic talents, creativity, energy & joy were unlimited & inspiring. Her laughter & the impact she had on all those she met is lovingly remembered and greatly missed.

Robin Riebsomer

March 30, 2021

I only got to met Carole once and eat her wonderful deviled eggs. She was such a delightful person! I wish I could have had more conversations with her. May you be surrounded with gentle comfort and lovely memories.