Esther Vonigene Gatewood

Monday, July 9, 2018

Esther Vonigene (Roofe) Gatewood, of Rector, Ark., was born on October 31, 1923, to Roy “Kid” Roofe and Minnie Foster Roofe. She passed from this life on July 7, 2018, at the age of 94 years, eight months of age at NHC in Kennett, Mo.

On Nov. 15, 1941, she married Leon Gatewood who preceded her in death after 60 years of marriage.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Clyde, Hershel and Melvin Roofe; and two sisters, Nerene Gwyn and Minnie Estelle Roofe.

Jean is survived by two sons, Marvin (Jane) Gatewood and Garvin (Theresa) Gatewood, all of Rector; one sister, Jesselyn Glaub of Jonesboro, Ark.; five grandchildren, Cheryl Morgan, Todd Gatewood, Renee Faust, and Kinley and Jeremy Gatewood; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was of the Methodist faith.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, at the Mitchell Funeral Home in Rector. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11, in the Mitchell Funeral Home chapel with Mace Straubel and Laramie LeQuieu officiating.

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