Marjorie A. Gates passed on Friday, August 21, 2015 after an extended battle with lung disease. She was born in Waterford, PA on August 7, 1928, the daughter of Willard and Carrabell Morrow Allen. On June 24, 1950, she married Francis G. (John) Gates and after 61 years of marriage, he passed away on July 24, 2011. She was also preceded in death by her twin sister Millicent, and brothers Elbert and Roger Allen.
Survivors include her son, Roger Kim Gates (Ellie Zygai) of Edinboro and her daughter, Karen Marie Brown (Daryl) of Cambridge Springs; six grandchildren- Becky Gates (Greg Kelly), Jeffrey Gates (Priscilla), Jeremy Morris, Todd Morris (Melissa), Kristen Gates Smith (Ted), and Rodney Morris (Victoria Powell); seven great-grandchildren- Kevin, Jacob, Taylor, Anthony, Roman, Carson, and Brooke; one step-great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn, and one great-great-granddaughter, Summer Rose Morris. She is further survived by a special and close nephew, John Manross (Liz Alber) of Chandler, AZ, as well as nine other nephews, and many relatives and close family friends including Tom Rettger and family.
Mother Marge enjoyed cooking, baking for her family, reading, crossword puzzles and bird watching. She dearly loved and enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren.
She graduated from Waterford Academy in 1943 and retired from the Fort LeBoeuf School District in November 1984 after 21 years of working in the cafeteria. Many winters were spent in Florida with her husband John where they made many good friends and memories. She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Waterford.
Friends may call at Van Matre Funeral Home, 105 Walnut Street, Waterford on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and may attend funeral services there Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Gary Donaldson, pastor of Asbury Methodist Church will officiate. Private burial will follow in Cambridge Springs Cemetery.
The family would like to extend a most heart-felt and sincere thank-you to the doctors, nurses, aides, administration and the entire staff of Manchester Commons Presbyterian Home for their outstanding, kind and compassionate care during our entire stay with them over the last few months.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Waterford Food Pantry, Asbury United Methodist Church, Waterford, or Manchester Commons.