Sarah 'Sally' Stewart Gates, 75: Enjoyed time with her grandchildren

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SCARBOROUGH — Sarah “Sally” Stewart Gates, 75, formerly of Ocala, Fla., died peacefully Dec. 17 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born Jan. 6, 1935, in Glasgow, Scotland, she was the daughter of William and Janet Thompson and a graduate of Eastbank Academy.

Much of her adult life was spent as a homemaker, raising her two sons. Later on, she worked as a receptionist at Thayer Hospital.

A devout Christian, she was a member of the Marion Oaks Assembly of God in Ocala, Fla.

Her hobbies included gardening, knitting and reading.

She moved back to Maine to be closer to her family while battling cancer. During that time she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, bird watching, playing board games, teaching them about Jesus and seeing them off to school each day.

She will be remembered as a woman of dignity, grace and a warm heart.

Her sister, Williamina “Billie” Thompson, predeceased her.

She is survived by her husband Lewis J. Gates of Ocala, Fla.; her two sons, Ian Robinson and his wife Jennie of Scarborough, and Andrew Robinson and his wife Paula of Auburn; four grandchildren, Nathan and Meghan Robinson of Scarborough, and Adam and Cameron Robinson of Auburn; her brother, James Thompson and his wife Marion of Collingwood, Ontario, Canada; and her first husband of 25 years, Allan Robinson, who remained a friend and supporter throughout her illness.

Her family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Tracey Weisberg and her colleagues, the Hospice of Southern Maine, and the people at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House for their care and support.

A visiting hour will be held at Hobbs Funeral Home, 671 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 22, immediately followed by a memorial service.

Memorial donations may be made to the Maine Center for Cancer Medicine and Blood, 100 Campus Dr., Scarborough, ME 04074.

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