Oral history.; Eva Gates was born on October 4, 1948. Marriage and pregnancy at fifteen caused her to temporarily leave school although her return proved difficult because of her husband's protests and the prevailing school policies concerning women in the '60s. She was able to overcome many negative experiences and graduated. Eva Gates worked for Memorial Hospital in Gulfport from 1972 to 1986 and in 1997 enrolled in the New Horizon Program at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Gulfport. She will receive her associate of arts degree on May 9, 2001, and she will attend the University of Southern Mississippi the following fall.