FRAMINGHAM – Barbara Gates, 82, died on Friday February 15, 2019 at home, 69 Main Street in Framingham.
Barbara was born in Boston. She was the daughter of George and Anna (Matthews) Reavis. She married Otis A. Gates on September 1, 1963 in Boston, MA
Barbara was a beautiful person who had a high level of energy. She made friends easily, kept them and performed whatever tasks she chose with class and style.
The family initially lived in Detroit Michigan for two years during which time she attended Wayne State University.
After they moved to Framingham, she devoted herself to raising her four young children and supporting her husband. During that time she was active in PTA and Girl Scouts.
Later, when the children were older, she utilized her training and experience in retailing and fashion to establish Pandora’s Prime, a women’s clothing boutique in downtown Framingham.
She became an active member of MetroWest Chamber of Commerce and was the first woman to join the ‘Men of the 200’.
While operating the business she never missed any of her active sons’ many athletic events. No matter how far she had to travel, Barbara was always there for them to see and hear her rooting for them on the sidelines. When the building where her business was located was renovated she closed the boutique and continued for several years as a fashion consultant for many of her clients.
Barbara had a lifelong dream to be a singer and actor. She was quoted in the Middlesex News article:” You support a man through his career and you do it for a longtime. Suddenly, you want and have to do something for yourself. Now, its’ my turn.”
So, in her 50’s she went to New York to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Then she returned to Boston and enjoyed a long and successful career in dramatic roles on stage, screen, and in TV commercials and print advertising.
During that time she also obtained an Associates Liberal Arts Degree with high honors from Mass Bay Community College.
As a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Barbara did volunteer work in a literacy program for young people.
She rarely missed a game as an avid Celtics fan for 44 years.
Barbara is survived by her husband Otis, her children, George (Butch), Theresa (Tracie), Todd, and Khari and his wife Molly, her grandchildren Julian, Justin, Dylan, Miles and new granddaughter, Stevie B. and her greatgrandchildren, Kaiya and Kayden, She also leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation hours are Friday, Feb. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Norton Funeral Home, 53 Beech Street, in Framingham.
Funeral will be at Cushing Chapel, at Cushing Memorial Park, Dudley Road on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy for Barbara’s memory may be made to the Lupus Foundation of New England (lupusne.org).