While resting, Mrs. Gage passed away in peace, following a decline in her health.
She was the strength behind her evangelist husband Freddie Gage’s ministry that reached more than a million new believers. During more than 50 years of fulfilling the Great Commission, Freddie Gage shared the Gospel with individuals on the streets, inmates in jails and prisons, school assemblies as well as crowds in sports stadiums and worship centers.
Mrs. Gage was her husband’s closest confidante. Because of his frequent times away, she bore major responsibility for rearing their children in a Christian home. The Gages were married for 64 years until her husband’s passing in 2014.
“Mom was the glue to our household. She kept it all together. In our dad’s early years as an evangelist, he was gone about 40 weeks out of the year. Mom would take us to all of our practices and sporting events, including horse shows and motor cross racing. She was very involved in our lives,” her son Daniel Gage offered.
Barbara was 14 when she first met Freddie at a skating rink, a hangout for high school kids in the Denver Harbor area of Houston. Sometime later, on a blind date, they went to a drive-in movie. After several dates, they were married September 1, 1950 in Houston, Texas.
Freddie’s dad and stepmother persuaded Freddie and Barbara to attend a church revival at the Melrose Baptist Church to hear evangelist Dan Vestal, Sr. They were both gloriously saved.
Barbara Gage is survived by her four sons, Daniel Gage and wife Darleen, Paul Gage and wife Susan, Rick Gage and wife Lynne, Rodney Gage and wife Michelle; by her 10 grandchildren, Nicole, Natalie, Michael, J. Paul, Gabrielle, Sara, Anna, Rebecca, Ashlyn and Luke; two great-grandchildren, Noelle and Nicholas; and two great-great-grandchildren, Norah and Julia.
Visitation will be 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. April 20 at Rosewood Funeral Home, 2602 South Houston Ave., Humble, Texas followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the Gage family encourages donations to the Freddie Gage Liberty University Scholarship Fund. Gifts can be made payable to ReThink Life Church where Rodney Gage serves as the Lead Pastor. The address is 5140 South Conway Road, Orlando, Florida 32812.