Born in Westchester New York in 1955, to parents Anne Whelan and Geoffrey Howland Tootell. Faith received her Master's Degree from UC Davis. Juvenile diabetes forced her to undergo dialysis in her mid-twenties. This experience made her acutely aware of the need for dialysis patients to have proper nutritional care and guidance. Faith devoted her life to advocating for her patients and for her field. She published several papers and spoke at many conferences in an effort to improve the quality of life of others. During her life, Faith experienced many medical challenges including several transplants and open heart surgery. Those who encountered Faith during these struggles were amazed by her courage, determination, and discipline. Faith is survived by her husband of many years, Robert Gates, her father Geoff, her brother Geoffrey and his wife Catherine, and her two sisters Megan and Lizzie. Another of Faith's passions was to be the world's best aunt; her nieces, Anne, Caddy and Rosie, and her nephews Matt, William, Danny and Eric will all attest to her success in this area. She never missed an important event in any of their lives, and was a tremendous role model to them all.

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  1. My most sincere condolences to Faith’s family and friends. Faith was an amazing, courageous, caring and giving human being. She always had a smile and a warm greeting for me and those who knew her. Her Soul is Eternal and lives on to bring Joy and Peace
    to all those who <will> encounter her.

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  2. I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Faith. Though its hard to cope with Faith’s passing and the pain seems unbearable, please know you are not alone, for Psalms 34:18 promises, “God is near to those that are broken at heart; and those crushed in spirit he saves.” Pray to Him for strength. Weep to Him when there are no words. Cherish the precious memories you made and the dreams you shared with Faith. While grief at the loss of Faith is great- Joy of welcoming her back in the resurrection will be even greater, for God promises, “Your Dead Will Live. Awake and shout joyfully, You Residents In The Dust!” (Isiah 26:19) With my heartfelt condolences.
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  3. My love and thoughts are with you and your family. I miss you Faith tremendously; one day I hope to see you again.

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