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Nina Jane Gates, PhD

Memorial for Nina Jane Gates, PhD

Born in Beckley, West Virginia on Jul. 27, 1947
Departed on Feb. 5, 2012 and resided in Austin, TX.
Visitation: Friday, Feb. 10, 2012
09:00 am - 05:00 am
Service: Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012
11:00 am
Cemetery: Woodland Cemetery
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Nina was born on July 27, 1947 in Beckley, West Virginia, the second child of Zelma and William Wright. At an early age she became active in the church at North Beckley Baptist Church attending Sunday school and church. She was also active in 4H and many other school and community activities. She graduated from Stratton High School in 1965, and also named Miss Debutante in 1965 at the Debutante Cotillion in Beckley. She then entered Nursing School at Appalachian Regional Hospital in Harlan, Kentucky completing her studies in the summer of 1968 receiving a Diploma as a Registered Nurse (RN).

Nina then began her Nursing career as a Staff Nurse at Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus, Ohio until relocating to Dayton, Ohio in January, 1969 working at Miami Valley Hospital as a staff Nurse. Soon after relocating to Dayton, she met Charles Gates and sparks immediately occurred between the two. Nina and Charles married in September 1969 from which came two children, Charles Jr. and Stephanie.

In the 70's Nina worked at Good Sam Hospital until 1975 as Supervisory Nurse in the Ambulatory Clinic. In 1978 she began her career in Education as a School Nurse in the Dayton Public School System. Then a Nursing Instructor in the LVN Sinclair Community College/Dayton Public Schools Vocation Program. Then back to Good Sam in the continuing Education Department as a Nurse Trainer. During this period Nina enrolled at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio completing and receiving a B.S. in Health Education with honors in 1978.

This whet the appetite to further her education, completing course study at Central Michigan University Wright Patterson Air Force Base Campus in Fairborn, Ohio receiving an M.A. in Healthcare Administration. Soon thereafter she began and completed studies to obtain a Nursing Home Administrator License in Ohio and later Texas. All the time Nina was working full time, caring for her family, fighting Crohn's disease and being active in Wayman AME Church. She was one of the original/founding members of the Wayman Bell Choir, Women's Day Chair in 1986, active in the Women's Civic Association and a member on one of the Usher Boards. In 1989 Nina was promoted to Director/Administrator of Outpatient Ambulatory Community Health Centers for Good Sam Hospital, four facilities in the Dayton area under her supervision.

Nina relocated to Austin, Texas in 1990 along with Charles who had accepted the position of Director of Aviation for the City of Austin. Her first position in Austin was Director of Nursing Oncology 4th floor St. David's Medical Center. Then she began her service at the University of Texas, March 1991 as Director of Nursing, Student Health Services. Nina, along with other management staff coordinated the planning, design and layout of the new Student Health facilities Once open it became the University Health Services Department/Building. Nina remained in this position until her retirement, January 2004.

While at UT, Nina applied and was accepted into the University of Texas School of Nursing to obtain an advance degree in Nursing. Nina again remained active in the Church, now Metropolitan AME in Austin, also serving as Women's Day Chair, member of the Sr. Usher Board and playing the piano at the 8 o'clock services. Nina completed her studies at UT and received the degree, Master of Science in Nursing followed by receiving her Ph.D. in Business Administration focus on Health Care Administration from Fredrick Taylor University in 2000. Her Thesis was entitled "Health Promoting Behaviors of African American Students." Her study was based on minority students at the University of Texas.

Before her illness, Nina was active in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, a lifelong member and the Town Lake Links. While in Dayton, Nina was also active in Jack & Jill and the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority becoming a Midwestern Regional Officer. While at UT, she was active in the American College Health Association, making many presentations at conferences and being selected to serve as board member on the Association's International Board in Washington, D.C. Nina also earned her College Nursing Certification from ANA.

Nina loved to travel, dress for success, music, swimming and playing the piano. She is survived by her husband Charles, son Charles Jr. (Janece), daughter Stephanie and grandkids, Stephon, Milan, Malaysia, Charese and Madison; mother, Zelma in Beckley; sisters Dorothy Jordan (Harrison) in Virginia, Sharon Diggs (Hugo) and brother/sister-in-law Theodore and Veronica Gates and brother-in-law Rev. O'Neal Shyne, Sr. all residing in Ohio. Nina was preceded in death by her father William and sister-in-law Mary E. Shyne. She leaves behind a host of other relatives and friends throughout the U.S. via her interaction with people in the Medical, Educational and Aviation fields.

All whom came in contact with Nina were impressed with her friendliness and welcoming positive attitude. Your suffering is over, rest in peace. Nina was called by God to come home on Sunday morning, February 5, 2012.

"You may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way; bearing fruit in every good work." Colossians 1:10

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in Nina's name to: The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation or the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration.

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