Oretha Mae Gatewood, 86, of Beecher City passed away at 4:00 a.m. Thursday (September 30, 2010) at the Lutheran Care Center in Altamont.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Sunday in the Lockart-Green Funeral Home, Beecher City. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until service time. Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery near Beecher City. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

She was born January 21, 1924 in Marion the daughter of William and Della (Knapp) Stephens. She married Vivy Ray Gatewood January 22, 1958 in Effingham and he preceded her in death March 21, 2002.

She was a member of the Christian Church of Brownstown.

Surviving are sons, Herb Gatewood (Kathy) of Elchjon, CA and Steve Gatewood (Karen) of Phoenix, AZ; daughters, Linda Gatewood and Shelby Randall (Harold) both of Beecher City; sisters, Pat Hamilton of Ramsey and Jacqueline Wolf (Wayne) of Mahomet; 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.