Karissa Gates
  • 16 years old
  • Date of birth: Nov 7, 1997
  • Date of passing: Dec 5, 2013
Let the memory of Baby Rissa be with us forever

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Karissa Gates, 16, born on November 7, 1997 and passed away on December 5, 2013. If you would like to watch her memorial video, please click on the Gallery tab then select Video to view it.

Karissa is greatly missed by her friends and especially her family. She fought a long battle to cancer and everyone was devastated when she passed away. She may be gone but she will never be forgotten. She is now in heaven with Lola watching over all of us. We will all cherish the fond memories we have of her as a young child and as a teenager.

We love you our sweet angel Karissa. God bless.

Funeral arrangements: 

We are pleased to announce that we have raised enough money in donations to pay for Karissa’s funeral.

Viewing/Rosary Information

The viewing/rosary will be held on Thursday, December 19th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Bishop Mortuary. Please see address below:

Bishop Mortuary
3444 Citrus Street
Lemon Grove, CA 91945
(619) 466-4466

Funeral Mass/Interment Information

The funeral mass will be held on Friday, December 20th at 10:00 am at St. Michael Catholic Church. Please see address below:

St. Michael Catholic Church
2643 Homedale Street
San Diego, CA 92139
Following the service, the interment will be at Holy Cross. Please see address below:

Holy Cross
4470 Hilltop Drive
San Diego, CA 92102

Please wear red and black to the service, those were Karissa’s favorite colors.

Donation Information

We are very thankful we received approximately $845 in donations from various donors. We would like to give a special thank you and acknowledgement to Javid Kazi, his daughter Samra and their family for donating the remaining balance owed to the mortuary. We are forever grateful for all donations but now that we have received the more than generous donation from the Kazi family we can proceed with a service and burial for our sweet Karissa. Javid’s daughter Samra went to high school with Karissa when Karissa lived in Orange County. The girls were friends in school. The Kazi family heard about Karissa’s passing and read her memorial website. They kindly felt the need to provide assistance to Karissa’s family in this difficult time. We are very appreciative that all donors and the Kazi family found it in their hearts to help us. We would also like to give a special thank you to Alyssa and her mom Amanda for helping us with the fundraising efforts by spreading the word to the Kazi family that donations were needed. Everyone has come together to make it possible for us to have the funeral for Karissa that she deserves. Thank you to ALL, we are relieved we can now lay her to rest. God bless you all.  

If you recently mailed a donation check, the Bishop Mortuary said they will either put your donation towards the cost of the headstone (which was not included in the original cost of the funeral) or they will mail the check back to you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me:

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Kat Marr Stephenson on 27th March 2015

"Karissa, I met you one Easter at your Poppa's home one year when you were just a newborn baby.  May you be resting in peace no longer suffering."

This tribute was added by Lisa Wesner on 21st December 2013

"God led our family to Karissa in August. We met her while she was in the hospital.  We instantly fell in love with her.  She was as gentle as a lamb, yet as strong and courageous as a lion. She never complained, was such a soldier and a hero to those who knew her in the hospital. She made a beautiful impression on all those who came to meet her and knowing her has truly impacted my life forever.  I look forward to meeting her again someday!"

This tribute was added by javier rocha on 20th December 2013

"rest in paradise karissa. I've met her at her uncle darrins, and briefly spoke to her. She was such a good hearted person and from wat i kno she will greatly be missed. It was a privalige to meet u Karissa, rest in paradise.. Heavens got a angle! Prayers sent to the family!"

This tribute was added by Paul Boykin on 18th December 2013

"I didn't even get a chance to meet u but I knew ur sister asha. She was really cool and I know if I woulda met u u woulda been cool too it's sad to see u gone. But u will truly be missed . Take care up there and see u one day<3"

This tribute was added by Aneken Fraustein on 18th December 2013

"I remember Karissa as my favorite sister. We would always go outside run up the street to the licker store buy a soda and run back. I also remember Lola making her awesome donuts on Sunday then go to church that I didn't understand but I loved her and I am pretty sure we all did god bless her and Lola in heaven."

This tribute was added by crystal vargas on 17th December 2013

"You will be forever missed and in r hearts you baby girl may you rest in peace:/..."

This tribute was added by ariana shelby on 14th December 2013

"Karissa Gates.
I don't even know where to begin or what to say. You were such a beautiful girl with an amazing personality. I remember when you first moved to aliso I was so interested that their was a new girl. You ended up being so funny and soooo nice and absolutely gorgeous. I remember you and I going to Celeste's house to get ready for Chantal's quince. that car ride their was so fun, from our selfies to just talking. I love you so much. You truly do inspire me. I'm so glad you are in a better place you did not deserve to suffer you did not deserve any of this but god had a plan and he gained a beautiful sweet angel. I just wanna let you know that I am so sorry, I wasn't their for you like I should have been. I have a lot of regret. You moved away and we didn't talk much after that. I'm so sorry just know I never forgot about you. Never. I have missed you& I will continue missing you. I love you. Rest in paradise I will see you soon. Xoxo, Ariana shelby"

This tribute was added by kenia gomez on 12th December 2013

"My love,
I love you <3 you were one of the greatest friends I've ever had ! I loved how you were strong and always were your self and never gave a damn what other people said ! Muahhhhh love you"

This tribute was added by Matt Williams on 11th December 2013

"Dear Karrisa Gates,
I remember you from along time ago at Aliso Niguel. You were friends with Alyssa and Amaris, when I was dating Amaris. I hope that towards the end of your life, you found the meaning to it. Not only did you find the negativity on earth but the good things aswell. I hope you found your Lord Jesus Christ before you past. I pray that you are reigning forever and ever in eternal peace. Love Matt"

This tribute was added by Rebecca Wills on 11th December 2013

"A friend of mine sent me this link because it reminded him of Karissa's story.  It touched my heart.

You have truly changed my life.  I had the privilege of getting to know you the past few months and I will forever be changed from the experience I shared with you through your last months of life.  Just your presence alone spoke to me.  Thank you for changing my view towards life and allowing me to see the beauty and joy through you.  Even when you were in pain you were peaceful.  

I thank God for you every day, Karissa.  

I Carry Your Heart With Me
by E.E. Cummings

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

I love you, Karissa.  
Rest In Peace"

This tribute was added by Rylan Rabanal on 10th December 2013

"Had the honor of being Karissa's friend and classmate during our times at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. She was a fun person to be around and it was a blast. I wish she didn't have to go. Gonna miss you girl. We are all praying for you and you are always in our hearts."

This tribute was added by josh phillips on 10th December 2013

"Karissa  thank you for everything I know we haven't know each other for a long time but every time we hangout last year or when we walked to school you never disappointed to put a smile on my face and I'm very thankful for that. Also I know your in heaven watching over us and I'm truly blessed that god put you in my life for a reason and one thing I learn from you was " if you really want something you should go out and get it,don't let anybody else tell you different" karissa we love you and our thoughts and prayers go out to your family! You'll always be remember but NEVER forgotten."

This tribute was added by Gabriella Enciso on 10th December 2013

"I had the privilege and honor of being Karissa's 8th grade teacher. Her love for life was contagious and I will always remember her gentleness and love for her friends and family. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School was a very special place for Karissa, her grandmother and her little sister Elenita. We remember all of them with love and very beautiful memories. Karissa and her family will be in our thoughts and prayers. We love you Karissa and we know that you are looking down at us with a huge smile! We now have a beautiful angel in heaven.."

This tribute was added by Keondice Cook on 10th December 2013

"Still missed by all. Short life lived, but still in the lives of many. Rest In Paradise little angle!!!"

This tribute was added by Lorrain Bugarin on 10th December 2013

"RIP Karissa no more pain baby girl i know i never met u but my prayers r with u. <3"

This tribute was added by Gabriel Strother on 10th December 2013

"I Love You Karissa Gates i will always remember you and keep you in my heart, i remember all the conversations we had and how we were planning on meeting one day then we finally did at twisted events after that we were talking and becoming True friends and i just remember that day once i heard you were in the hospital i was shocked, sad, hurt and surprised i was only hoping/ praying for the best of you. And that day i went up to the 3rd floor to see you the doctor wouldn't let me see you and i was soo sad i can't believe i missed getting to see you for the last time :'( well i will never forget you Karissa Gates Much love for your You and your family I'll be seeing you soon Beautiful Angel <3"

This tribute was added by Betsy Castillo on 10th December 2013

""It's was nice growing up with you and being able to call you my best friend and my sister I never had.we had the most greatest memories that I would never forget and would always stay in my heart.Theres not one day I can't believe that your not here anymore but I have to deal with it cause god needs you up there.As long as your in a better place and not suffering anymore warms my heart even though you didn't deserve this.I remember We use to pray with Lola who I loved so much and she baptized me herself...I put her as my Godmother RIP she was a very kind loving person.Im glad I met you and your family karissa and you will always be in my mind 24/7.I still remember the time we rolled that tire down the alley and we ran away fast to your house or when you where they for me when my house got burnt down you were by my side you were always by my side and I did them same for you cause were bestfriends nd sisters that's what we do.Im glad you were there for me beffa you were a very pretty gorgeous girl you loved to dance you said the randomest  things ever that would brighten anyone's day and ima miss you a lot I lovee you karissa and you will NEVER NEVER be forgotten."❤️❤️"

This tribute was added by Brittany Munford-Ditsch on 9th December 2013

"This is so hard to believe and processe I dont really know where to start. The frist day I met Karissa she was the cutest little 2 1/2year old ever. My family became very close with Lola and the girls. Karissa, Asha and Iyana. After a couple of years Lola came to my mom and asked her to be their Godmother. My mom greatfully accepted.  I then became their godsister, but to me it ment more. She had always been my sister and blood didn't matter to me. I got to watch her grow from the tiny little 2year old that she was into a beautiful preteen then on to the beautiful smart teen that she was. It hurts so much that she is now gone and I wont get the privilege to watch her grow into a beautiful woman. I love you Karissa, now you can Rest In Paradise with Lola. You yook a piece of my heart with you. You always have and always will be in my heart. I couldn't have asked for a better Godsister then you. Im truly blessed to have had you in my life. Love you babygirl♥"

This tribute was added by Kimberly Rose-Adley on 9th December 2013

"I had the great privilege of being  one of  Karissa's God mothers. She was a very sweet little girl who always had a smile on her face. My heart is very heavy right now, it's so hard to believe that she is gone. There is some comfort knowing that Lola was there waiting for her and that they are together now. Her time on earth was short but the little time she was here those of us who got to know her were truly blessed. I don't ask why God had to take her because I already know, when God needs more Angels in Heaven he takes them from here on earth and he selects only the very best. Rest in Peace Sweet Girl you are very much loved and very much missed."

This tribute was added by Bigg Hernandez on 9th December 2013

"I heard a lot good thinks about Karissa and I had the pleasure to meet her after her first surgery thanks to her aunt and my girlfriend Erica and had to see for a bit the funny, happy girl that she was. I know I didn't get to know the real Karissa but I am glad that I had the chance to meet her and she will be miss by her Family and Friends.
Rest In Peace and soon you will get your wing beautiful Angel"

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This memorial is administered by:

Erica Gates
Marissa Gates
Laura Megan
Robert Thomas


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