She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. She loved the outdoors. She loved going to the beach, boating and camping. In her younger years, she was an avid tennis player.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Jacquelyn Scott Smithson.
She is survived by her loving husband, Miles Gates of Cleveland; sons: Michael Blackmon and wife, Robin of Rome, Ga., Scott Blackmon of Virginia Beach, Va.; stepson, David Gates and wife, Heather of Tunnel Hill, Ga.; stepdaughter, Amy Nixon of Boca Raton, Fla.; two grandchildren: Abby Blackmon and Reid Blackmon; and three stepgrandchildren: Emily, Ansley and Dawson, Gates; brother, Marty Smithson and wife, LeAnn, of Melbourne, Fla.; nephew, Rob Smithson and two twin nieces: Katy and Jonnie Smithson.
The funeral will be held Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Grissom Funeral Home Chapel.
Entombment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens with Michael Blackmon, Scott Blackmon, Marty Smithson, Rob Smithson, David Gates and Reid Blackmon serving as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, make memorials to the American Cancer Society.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, March 11, 2014, from 5p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to www.grissomfh.net