Hotchkiss resident Barbara Gates died May 22, 2013, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 83.
Funeral services were held May 28 at Hotchkiss Community United Methodist Church.
Barbara Grace Halliburton was born in Arkadelphia, Ark., April 8, 1930, to W.H. and Grace (Leonard) Halliburton. She grew up in Arkadelphia, graduating from Arkadelphia High School in 1948. She earned a bachelor of music education degree from Henderson State Teachers College in Arkadelphia in 1952.
She moved to Crossett, Ark., in the fall of 1952 to begin teaching public school music.
She married Don Gates in 1955 and moved with him to Grand Junction, Paonia and finally Hotchkiss where they lived until Don's death in 1991.
Mrs. Gates taught school in Fruita, Paonia and Hotchkiss until she had children. She continued to substitute teach for several years.
She was active in the Hotchkiss Community United Methodist Church and its Peace Circle, the Hotchkiss Music and Arts Club, Delta County Historical Society and PEO Chapter GT. In earlier years she was active in Hotchkiss PTA and Sunshine School. For many years she hosted a classical music program on KVNF.
Mrs. Gates is survived by her daughters, Janet Nottenburg and husband Richard of Princeton, N.J., and Linda Perry and husband Tom of Trinidad; her son, Hal Gates of Hotchkiss; her grandchildren, Arthur of New York, N.Y., and Katherine of Princeton, N.J.; her sister, Caryl Linton of Arkadelphia, Ark.; and nephews Scot Linton of Fayetteville, Ark., and Andy Linton of Huntington, Ark.; and extended family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Don, and her brother, William Halliburton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hotchkiss Community United Methodist Church; CAWS (Delta County Citizens for Animal Welfare and Shelter); or Henderson State University music scholarship fund.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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