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“My heart is broken hearing the news of such a sweet and funny young lady that I had the joy to meet despite her diagnosis she always found a way to...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Samara King - Clermont, FL

“I am so heart broken to have heard this news. I pray for strength and comfort for her family. I worked with Melody(Mel) at the medical offices in...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Amie Dowdy - Clare, MI - Coworker

“My thoughts are with Melody's family and friends at this time. may your memories of Melody help ease your pain. ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: Todd English - Clare, MI - Friend

“Rest peacefully sweet girl. Many prayers and love to the family. ”
4 of 13 | Posted by: Courtney Fitzsimmons (Walker) - FL

“Praying for your family. ”
5 of 13 | Posted by: Sandy & Rick Mohr

“We are saddened by Melody's passing. May she forever rest in peace. ”
6 of 13 | Posted by: Mr & Mrs David R. Allaire - King, NC

“Melody was such a sweet girl, always smiling. We worked together at Dr. Saxena's office and Dr. Gonzales's office. My thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Debbie Olah - Clermont, FL

“Dear Clare and Richard, I am so sorry to hear about Melody! She was such a great mother! We will be praying for your family! Sending a big hug to...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Mrs. Heidi Gallagher - Clare

“Joyce & family: Just wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Just know that Melody is resting peacefully now in the arms of our...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Debby Lloyd-Koch - Clare, MI

“My heart goes out to all of you as you grieve the passing of Melody. May you feel God's loving presence surround you at this time. ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Barbara Regnaud Hale

“Melody IS a devoted wife and mother who now lives with her Heavenly Father. While on earth, she was part of a close knit and very loving family.My...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Sharon Sutton - Groveland, FL

“Melody I know you are glad to be released from the disease that bound you. Love and prayers to the family. You were a joy to know and work with.In...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Mae Brown - MONTVERDE, FL

“Rick, Clare and family, my thoughts and prayers have been with you all. Melody was a great friend, I cherish the memories I have of her. She is...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Jen Hopp - Clare, MI - Friend


Melody Joy Gates of Clermont, FL, 40 left her earthly body to join our Lord in heaven on July 6th, 2016 after a courageous battle with ALS. Melody is survived by her husband of 16 years, Richard Gates; 11 year old daughter Clare Gates; father and mother Paul and Joyce Crane; older brothers Matt (Cathy) and Tony (Laura) Crane; grandmother Virgie Wilson and large extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Melody was a committed mother and wife. Her family was always her number one priority. Born in Clare, Michigan, Melody's love for her home state stayed with her throughout her entire life and for that reason, it will be the home of her final resting place on earth. Through her quiet thoughtfulness and gentle spirit, she touched the lives of all who knew her. Prior to her illness, she enjoyed Michigan camping trips with her family, visits to Mackinaw Island, running her successful 31 business and planning her visits to see her extended family and friends in other parts of the country. She was a faithful follower of Christ and we know she was received by the open arms of our Heavenly Father. She will be greatly missed.