Glenda Walts Gates
Our Christmas Celebration On December 25th, 2013, our beloved mother went home to heaven to be with her Savior. What better day to meet her Lord, than on His day of birth celebration! It was with great sorrow and yet, rejoicing in our hearts that we stood by her bedside as she joined her many loved ones waiting in the heavenly realm. We feel this poem written by Ramona K. Cecil best says how we feel. A Christian Mother God gives us many gifts, But far above any other, The first and best He gives us, is the gift of a Christian mother. Her head bows over the scriptures, Teaching children from God’s Word. Her hands are always busy doing service for her Lord. Whenever her children need her, they know she’s always there. Her beauty’s in the strength of faith that she daily finds in prayer. Her children love and bless her and in their lives we see, the lessons of the Savior that were learned at mother’s knee. We will grieve not hearing her beautiful voice singing praises to God and entertaining others with songs such as “I Want To Be a Cowboy Sweetheart.” We feel God will find a place for her yodeling talent in His heavenly choir. We will grieve not hearing her continuous laughter. It wasn’t until her illness took away her voice that we realized what a blessing to be brought up in a home where we could hear our Mother’s joyful laughter in spite of life’s trials and difficulties. What a sense of peace and security her laughter blanketed around us. We will miss her comforting Godly advice. We will miss knowing that as she lay in her bed each night, she prayed for each and every one of her loved ones. We will miss the strength of the Spiritual giant that dwelled within her diminutive stature. We will miss her presence in our day to day lives as keenly as a sword piercing our hearts, BUT we will not wallow in our grief as we all know where she is at this very moment and we have that blessed assurance that we will see her again and spend eternity with our beloved mother. Her goodness and faith is an inspiration to everyone that was blessed to know her. She never met a stranger or missed an opportunity to pray for someone or invite them to her beloved church, Streams of Mercy. In reflection, we realize that we have some mighty big shoes to fill. May God help us to be more like her. Glenda Walts Gates of Uvalde passed away on December 25, 2013, in San Antonio at the age of 80. She was born on August 4, 1933, in Cherokee County to Jesse and Mattie (Smith) Mitchell. She married John Paxton Walts in Uvalde on December 11, 1948. She is survived by her son, John Walts and wife, Lana Beth of Utopia; daughters; Cheryl Schillings and husband, Jerry; and Patricia Calliham, both of Uvalde, Becky Loving and her husband, Barry of Gatesville, TX; and Beverly Walts of Whittier, AK; sister, Leta Rae Haskett and husband Minor, of Oak Leaf, TX; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grand children. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, sons Joseph Walts and Kenny Walts, two grandchildren, John Henry Walts and Trenton Shriver. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary with burial to follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. Rev. Charles Alley will officiate. Pallbearers will be Cody Walts, John Allen Walts, Paxton Calliham, Bryan Van Wagner, Harry Fulmer, Keith Robertson, Trevor Hardin and Greg Fry. THE PRECEDING IS A PAID OBITUARY.
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