Luanne E. Gates

Member of First United Methodist Church

Luanne E. Gates, 51, died Dec. 2, 2012.

Mrs. Gates was born in Akron and had resided in Cuyahoga Falls her entire life, graduating from Cuyahoga Falls High School in 1979. She had worked as a paralegal for 13 years with Buckingham, Doolittle and Burroughs and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Cuyahoga Falls. She had volunteered with the Paws and Maws at the high school from 1992 to 2008 where she served as treasurer for several years and was a founding member of the Hens Club.

Preceded in death by her father, Charles A. Simmons, and her dog, Bailey, she is survived by her husband, Rob; daughter, Morgan Gates; stepchildren, Justin (Carrie) Gates and Marisa (Tom) Wynne; grandchildren, Avery and Emelia Gates and Harrison Wynne; mother, Regina F. Simmons; brother, James (Renate) Simmons; and sister, Monica (Dick) Early.

A memorial service was conducted in the Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home, the Rev. Paul Beal officiating. Cremation has taken place. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Greater Akron, 7996 Darrow Road, Twinsburg 44087. Her video tribute is viewable at