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Judith  May "Judi" (Hickman) Gates

Judith May "Judi" (Hickman) Gates
  • January 12, 1949 - August 8, 2021
  • Battle Creek, Michigan

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“Chuck and Judi moved near us a year ago. Although, I'd only met Judi, she seemed like such a vivacious and happy person. We are shocked and...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Linda and Michael Bultema - MI

“Dear Karlee and family. We are so so sorry for your loss. I am sure that no words can express how you feel, but our thoughts are with you all during...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Amanda Spranger Spranger - MI

“Chuck, Bryan, Karlee, and family,So, so sorry to hear Judi's passing and the grief you all are bearing. Many fond memories of family game nights,...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Ron & Sue Lantrip - St. Augustine, FL

“Chuck, Judi was a life force who people were drawn to. Her spirited personality was one of her many endearing traits. We loved and adored her and...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Dana Hanson - Saint Charles, IL

“My sincere sympathy to Judi's family! Judi always spoke so highly of you all the time in the many years we worked together at Kendall! Judi was a...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Nanette Johnson - Muskegon, MI

“Chuck- my most sincere condolences. Dan ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Dan Liston - Kalamazoo, MI

“So very sorry to hear of Judy's passing. I respected her when we were coworkers at Kendall and she had a fun personality. My sincere condolences...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Kelly Sloan - Eastmanville

“Very sorry to see Judi passed away . Sympathy to all the family and especially to Karlee & Brian since I knew them from Pennfield Schools ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Cheri (Flesch) Ferguson - MI

“Karlee and family My heart breaks for you all - she was so loved by Karlee it was seen every time I saw you together - every time you spoke of her -...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Danielle Oberlin - Katy, TX

“Chuck, Bryan and Karlee, Dan and I were so sad to hear of Judi's passing. She surely loves God and her family with everything she had. We have been...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Dan & Vicky Wicker - Battle Creek, MI

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Judith May "Judi" (Hickman) Gates, 72, of Kalamazoo died peacefully at home, with her family at her side on Sunday, August 8, 2021.

Judi was born January 12, 1949 in Battle Creek, Michigan to John Charles and Beatrice May (Bruce) Hickman. She lived most of her life in Battle Creek and was a 1967 graduate of Pennfield High School. Judi also earned an Executive Secretarial Certificate from Kellogg Community College. In her early years, she enjoyed working as a Ward Clerk at the former Battle Creek Sanitarium Hospital. She retired as Corporate Credit Manager for the Kendall Group. Her 39 year career with Kendall began as a receptionist at Kendall Hardware, where she was a dedicated, hard-working member of the Kendall team and remained loyal even after retiring.

Judi married the love of her life, Wendell Charles Gates, III on August 24, 1985 in Battle Creek. Surviving are her loving husband, Chuck; children, Bryan (Jolynn) Smith of Battle Creek, Karlee (Timothy) Fielding of Englewood, Florida; stepson, Jacob (Melissa) Gates of Marshall; and eight grandchildren, Lauren Long, Reagan Smith, Nolan Smith, Grace Childs, Emily Gleason, Clara Gates, Jonas Gates and Makena Gates. Judi was preceded in death by her parents

Above all, Judi believed "Jesus Loves Me, This I Know." Judi was a former member and choir member of the First Assembly of God in Battle Creek and a current member of Kalamazoo First Assembly of God. Her life was dedicated to raising her children. She was a mentor to many people, both at work and within her personal life; as well as all the children who passed through her doors, the return they gave her was immeasurable. She considered her love of helping businesses be more profitable, and people realizing their worth to be a major part of her success at work. Judi will be remembered as a loving, committed wife, mother, grandmother, friend, & coworker.

Friends will be received 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Friday, August 13, 2021, at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Funeral services will be officiated by Pastor David Barringer 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 14, 2021, at the funeral home. The service will be live-streamed and may be viewed by visiting or the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care Facebook Page. Committal and interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kalamazoo First Assembly of God, 5550 Oakland Dr., Portage, MI 49024. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at