Helen R. Gates 82 a resident of Baker City, Oregon died Sunday, September 20, 2020, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City, Oregon. At her request cremation was held and private inurnment was held in Mt. Hope Cemetery on September 23, 2020.
Helen was born on January 7, 1938 in Lancing County, Tennessee to Ora Dean (Garrett) and Pearly Clifford Hacker. She graduated from Baker High School in 1956 and went on to become a beloved wife and friend to many in her community. Helen married Clay Loren Gates on June 29, 1972; Clay passed away in 2004. She completed flight attendant training and worked as a waitress and a homemaker.
Her favorite pastimes were reading, music, taking care of stray animals (feeding them for years), taking care of her family, and she found great joy in making her nieces and nephews laugh.
Helen helped anyone who needed her help and any animal she could; she believed that people should help one another and all creations. Helen strived to make the world a better place through fond and funny memories. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her brother Tom (Toby) Hacker of Haines, Oregon, Sister Susie Perrine of Baker City, Oregon, Nieces Audra Perrine, Myka Spriet, of Baker City, Oregon and Brandy Bennett of Mollola, Oregon, Nephews, Kyle Hacker of Wallowa County, Oregon, Terry Perrine of Gatson, Oregon, Tony Vasquez of Albany, Oregon, Tom Maliwauki of Pendleton, Oregon and Brice Hacker of Blue Springs, Missouri.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Clay Gates, her parents, Clifford and Opal Dean Hacker, a nephew, Darrell Hacker, and her brother-in-law Louis Perrine.
Those wishing to make memorial contributions may direct them to the ASPCA, through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Baker City, OR 97814.
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