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Teresa Yvonne James-Gater

September 28, 1957 September 21, 2018
Teresa Yvonne James-Gater
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This is Teresa's story. Teresa Yvonne James was born on September 28th, 1957 in Spokane Washington to (the late) Leroy and Celestine James. She was raised in Denver Colorado.
After graduating from George Washington High School, Teresa traveled to Los Angeles, California to pursue fashion, which was one of her biggest passions. She earned her degree in Fashion Merchandising at Bauder Fashion College. Years later she also earned degrees in Graphic Design and Business Administration. While in California, Teresa became a model, posing for pictures in magazines and walking the runway in fashion shows. She also enjoyed working in retail stores throughout her lifetime including May D&F, and Macy's. Teresa also worked for the Renaissance Hotel.
Teresa married Shawn Gater and together they had three children; Nakia, Stephan, and Darian.
Teresa had a special love for her children, and often said that having and raising them was the best thing she ever did. Raising them as a single parent, Teresa always encouraged them to develop their gifts, be creative, and make an impact on the world.
Teresa had a nurturing spirit and was also a mother and mentor to many other children who affectionately called her Mom.
Teresa often volunteered in her community, helping to feed and clothe others, among many other things. She especially enjoyed inspiring young people. She was highly involved in the Parent Teacher Association at Denver Public Schools and served as the P.T.A. President. She was a regular volunteer at all of the schools her children attended. She tutored, assisted special education students, and also created a summer scholars Program at Hallett Elementary School that continued to successfully run for years. Teresa was also a volunteer with the Colorado Beautillion - Cotillion, helping to mentor young people.
Teresa had a deep relationship with God and was devoted to her home church - The House of Joy Miracle Deliverance Church. She faithfully served as the church secretary for 18 years, served on several auxilliaries, and also worked for the Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance. Teresa always had a praise and would often be found boldly singing, dancing, worshipping, and praying at church and also at home.
Teresa was sweet, compassionate, always concerned for others, a great encourager, protective of her family, cool, funny, discerning, wise, and adventurous. She loved having fun and hanging out with her friends and family, listening to music, fashion, viewing real estate, drawing, shopping, traveling, and watching movies.
Surrounded by her three children, Teresa peacefully entered the gates of heaven on Friday, September 21st, 2018. She will be dearly missed and always remembered with love.
Left to treasure her memory are her mother (Celestine James), daughter (Nakia Gater), sons (Stephan, and Darian Gater), brother (Marcus James), brothers in-law (Marc, and Jeffrey), nephews (Marc Anthony, Terrell Jr.), nieces (Chanea, and Chrissana), and separated husband (Shawn Gater). She also leaves behind great nieces and nephews, God-children, cousins, aunts and uncles, and many beautiful friends who she dearly loved.

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2:00 PM 9/30/2018 2:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 9/30/2018 6:00:00 PM
Caldwell-Kirk Funeral & Cremation Services

2101 N. Marion Street
Denver, CO 80205

Caldwell-Kirk Funeral & Cremation Services
2101 N. Marion Street Denver 80205 CO
United States





11:00 AM 10/1/2018 11:00:00 AM
House Of Joy Miracle Deliverance Church

3082 Leyden Street
Denver, CO 80207

Ms. Gater will lie in state from 10:00 A.M.- 11:00 A.M.

House Of Joy Miracle Deliverance Church
3082 Leyden Street Denver 80207 CO
United States

Cemetery Details


Fort Logan National Cemetery Final Resting Place

3698 S. Sheridan Blvd.
Denver, CO 80235

3698 S. Sheridan Blvd. Denver 80235 CO
United States

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