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EAST HARDWICK – Robin Louise Gates, 60, of East Hardwick, died unexpectedly on December 24, 2021 at her home in East Hardwick.

She was born July 11, 1961, in Morrisville, the daughter of Louis J. and Sylvia J. (Willey) Gates.

Robin graduated from Hazen Union School in the class of 1979 and continued her education at Community College of Vermont, graduating in 1989 with an Associate’s Degree in Human Services.  She later attended Norwich University, earning a degree in the Science of Nursing in 1999.

She was a Registered Nurse (RN) for more than 20 years at hospitals in New Hampshire and Vermont. She worked in the Radiation Oncology Department at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, N.H., from 2009 to 2011 and as a RN at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. She retired in 2019 due to failing health. Robin was very proud of her education and her life’s accomplishments.

She was a member of the United Church of Hardwick. She loved her service dog, Jake, spending time with her mother, Sylvia and her grandson, Jaxon, who was the light of her life and her pride and joy. Robin enjoyed scrapbooking, crocheting, dragonflies, family time and visiting with friends. She also enjoyed animals in general, especially horses and dogs. 

Survivors include: her mother, Sylvia Gates of East Hardwick; two children, Chelsea Gates of Stowe, and Dylan Gates and his wife, Rachel of Troy, N.Y.; a grandson, Jaxon Gates of Stowe; three sisters, Vicky Lanpher and her fiancé, Gary Barnett, of South Barre, Allison Nichols Warner and her husband, Luis Ortiz, of East Hartford, Conn., and Maria Perry and her husband, Ryan, of Brownington; three aunts, one uncle, nieces, nephews and many cousins.  

Robin was predeceased by her father, Louis Gates, on December 16, 2007. 

Due to COVID, a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. The time and location will be announced.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to The United Church of Hardwick, P.O. Box 396, Hardwick, Vt. 05843.

Arrangements are in the care of Dian R. Holcomb of Northern Vermont Funeral Service, 60 Elm Street, Hardwick, VT.Online condolences are welcomed at

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