Doris Irene Wilson
Doris Irene Wilson
  • March 3, 1935 - February 27, 2017
  • Little Elm, Texas

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On March 3, 1935, a beautiful, vivacious, talented baby girl, Doris Irene Gates, came kicking and screaming into the world. She was the ninth of 18 children born to Dixie Gates, Jr. and Mozelle (nee’ Humphrey) Gates in the West Texas cotton fields of Crowell, Texas. Due to record keeping in small towns in the 1930’s, Doris always celebrated her birthday on March 4, 1935 even after the true date was revealed when she was nearly 70 years-old. Doris was brought up in a God-fearing family and, as a teen, she served as the first musician of The Gates Singers as they travelled throughout West Texas to spread the glorious sounds of the gospel. She briefly moved to Dallas with her grandparents, attended Booker T. Washington High School and participated on the track team before moving back to West Texas, marrying and starting her family. Becoming a widow at age 33, Doris fearlessly took on the role of a single parent to her seven children during the 1960’s. There was always music, laughter, and fun in the Wilson household. She once even managed her older sons’ singing career when they performed under the moniker, “The People’s Choice” in the 1970’s. Doris was always an independent thinker who lived her life on her own terms. She was quick witted, well liked, and no-nonsense. She instilled many lessons into her children. Here are a handful of Doris “ism” that we are going to share today: · “Only the STRONG survives.”

· “You can do anything you want if you put your mind to it.”

· “Right is right. Wrong is wrong. No matter who does it.”

· “Don’t worry about the other fellow. Worry about yourself.”

· “It doesn’t cost a dime to smile and speak.”

· “Tricks are for kids, and I don’t play games.”

· “I’m the captain of this ship!”

· “You’re not my Mother. I’m your Mother.” (The original…Stay in YOUR Lane…)

Although she was stricken with Dementia and strokes in her latter years, she never lost her comedic sense of humor, and she remained a true friend to those around her. Doris was preceded in death by her sons: Jerry Moore and Victor Williams; her parents: Dixie Gates, Jr. and Mozelle Gates; her brothers and sisters: Marlene Smith, Wilbert Gates, XL Gates, Louise Cole, John Gates, Robert Gates, Mary Jamison, Mozelle Foster, Maybelle Gates, Dixie Young, Audrey Gates, and special nephew, Herbert Lane. She leaves behind to cherish her memories, her children: Mona (Billy) York, Alto, Texas; Bennie Moore, Jr., Amarillo, Texas; Vaughn Wilson, Lewisville, Texas; Felicia Hay, Dallas, Texas; and Kimberly Wilson, Little Elm, Texas. Her brothers and sisters: Joe (Carnell) Gates, Spencer, Oklahoma; Richard Gates, Fort Worth, Texas; Bennie (Morris) Clark, Garland, Texas; Clark (Lola) Gates, Sr., Spencer, Oklahoma; and Mary (Kenneth) Hall, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Doris also had a very special bond with her three oldest grandsons: Purlie Gates, Dallas, Texas; Vincent Moore, Houston, Texas; and Michael Shabazz, Dallas, Texas. She leaves behind many, many beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins, and a whole host of extended family, love ones, and friends.