OBITUARY

Gwendolyn W Pate

June 20, 1949March 7, 2018
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TUSCALOOSA - On March 7, 2018 God sent his angels to bring home one of His precious children and what a beautiful soul it is. In a flash of light, Gwendolyn Kay Pate shot towards the heavens to be awarded her mansion by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. While in this world she made an everlasting impact on her children, Joey (Sara), Bambi (Frank) and Daniel where she saw to it that they would be awash with love and guidance to her very end. Gwendolyn went by various names, Gwen, Gwennie, Aunt Gwennie, Grandmommy, Gigi but none more sacred than Mama. Gwendolyn was born on June 20, 1949, in Jacksboro, Texas. While growing up her parents, Audie and Idella Weir saw that she received the foundation of a Christian upbringing where she played piano for years as her father lead the Live Oak Baptist Church as the music minister. It was at Live Oak that she met and fell in love with the one who would become her husband for over thirty years, Joseph "Joe" Edward Pate. In tow were two little ones a four-year-old, Joey and two-year-old Bambi. Even as she was finishing up her teenage years, she was committed to these three and was married right at 50 years ago in March of 1968 where the foursome moved from Texas to Mobile, Alabama. In December of 1969, Daniel came along, and throughout the year's Mama did a fantastic job raising those three rascals. Eventually, the crew moved back to Texas settling right outside of Dallas. After the kids grew up and went their ways, a calling brought Joe and Gwen back to Alabama where they lived out their lives in Tuscaloosa. In time Gwen saw her parents and only sibling, sister, Jerri Geer, also from Jacksboro, Texas pass away. Those were tough, but the hardest loss for her to endure was her loving husband, Joe, who left this life in March, 2004. During these trying fourteen years, Gwen always stayed surrounded by friends and family where she eventually took on the task of her life the fight with cancer. It was amazing as she valiantly fought the disease with remarkable courage and grace that served as an inspiration to all of those who knew her. Her legacy of love and faith was encountered by everyone who ever worked with her whether it was at Occidental Petroleum Corporation in Dallas, Texas or her last job at DCH hospital in Tuscaloosa. Grandmommy or Gigi leaves behind numerous loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren that were the center of her love and affection. Pastor Chad Palmer of East McFarland Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, who fondly calls her "Aunt Gwennie," will be leading the service of her homecoming on March 10, 2018. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. -12 p.m. with funeral services followed at 12 p.m. at Memory Chapel Funeral Home 2200 Skyland Blvd E, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405. Memory Chapel Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, is directing.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, March 10, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, March 10, 2018
  • Burial Saturday, March 10, 2018
REMEMBERING

Gwendolyn W Pate

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Barbara Jackson

March 10, 2018

Joey, Bambi, Danny and Christi & Lori.
My thoughts & prayers are with you. Gwennie was a Special Cousin. I've been looking at these wonderful pictures posted on her obit. She ALWAYS had a
Beautiful smile that will surely be missed & remembered.

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