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Audrey Elaine (Comp) Gates

September 17, 1935 — December 27, 2020



Audrey Elaine (Comp) Gates

Her Family Was Her Life -

Audrey Elaine (Comp) Gates, age 85, of Mechanicsburg, passed away peacefully and was embraced by Jesus on Sunday, December 27, 2020.  Audrey was born on Tuesday, September 17, 1935, in Enola, PA to the late Ferman Haines Comp and Florence (Tuckey) Comp.

Audrey’s survivors include her husband of almost 67 years, Robert “Bob” Bruce Gates, Sr.; her three children: Robert “Bob” B. Gates, Jr. and wife Kathy of East Berlin, PA, Thomas “Tom” S. Gates of York, PA, Tina L. Leitzell and husband Morris of Dillsburg, PA; her six grandchildren: Lindsay Young, Lauren Stewart, Catherine Etzweiler, Samantha Gates, Hunter Leitzell, Hayley Leitzell; her five great-grandchildren: Alexander Young, Adelaide Young, Sophia Etzweiler, Wyatt Etzweiler, Luka Calaman; and her sister, Susan Hart.

Audrey graduated from Lemoyne (now Cedar Cliff) High School as part of the class of 1953.  She attended both Bible Baptist Church in Shiremanstown and West Shore Evangelical Free Church in Mechanicsburg.  Audrey was a proud, lifelong, full-time homemaker who devoted her life to caring for her husband, children, and grandchildren.  She had quite a green thumb; anything Audrey planted would flourish in her care.  She was an excellent cook and baker, and she enjoyed preparing meals for her family.  Audrey adored the seashore, and for over 40 years, she found joy in camping at Myrtle Beach and Delaware beaches.  Vacations and weekend family functions were the highlight of Audrey’s life.  She never missed celebrating family birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions.  Audrey delighted in the family gatherings every Sunday, when sometimes five generations would be at her home.  Family was the most important part of Audrey’s life, and she was the glue that held her family close together and inspired the deep love they have for one another.

Audrey’s family will be celebrating her life privately.  Burial in Rolling Green Cemetery in Camp Hill, PA will be at the family’s convenience.

Contributions in celebration of Audrey’s life can be made to Messiah Lifeways Benevolent Fund, 100 Mt. Allen Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055;

Audrey’s family has entrusted her care to Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421.  Read Audrey’s full obituary, view her memorial video, offer condolences and sympathy, share stories and memories, upload photographs and videos, light a candle and sign her official guest book by visiting

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