Phyllis Mae Jean Gates, 85, of Presque Isle Twp., died Thursday March 8, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. She was born August 5, 1926 in Toledo, Ohio to Albert and Agnes Schroeder (Hempe). It was in Toledo that Phyllis would meet the love of her life Ralph Gates. On June 3, 1950 Phyllis and Ralph were married at St. Petrie Lutheran Church. Their love for one another was the glue that held them together and made way for a new family that included three daughters. Phyllis enjoyed knitting, was a partner at the Homestead Gift Shop in Grand Lake and an active member at Grace Lutheran Church where she served on the Alter Guild, but to Phyllis family came first. She is preceded by both parents and her brother; Marvin. She is survived by her husband; Ralph, three daughters; Pamela (Ron) Bjorkman of Petoskey, Corky Gates of Alpena, Patti (Bari) MacNeill of Alpena, three grandchildren; Shane Adamski, Stephanie Adamski, Jessi Bjorkman, a great-grandson; Brody Yuchasz and one terrific dog; Jake. A memorial service for Phyllis will be held on Tuesday March 13, 2012 at Grace Lutheran Church with family receiving friends at 10 am and service starting at 11 am. There will be a luncheon to follow. Memorial donations may be made to Grace Lutheran Church or Hospice of Michigan. Arrangements have been entrusted to McWilliams Funeral Home – Alpena.