Wilma R. Gates, 84 of Williamstown, MO died Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.
She was born January 22, 1932 in Clark County, MO the daughter of Lawrence and Clara Schreck Kennedy. On June 23, 1956 she was united in marriage to Glenn R. Gates. He preceded her in death on September 26, 2015.
Wilma graduated from St. Patrick High School with the Class of 1950.
She had been employed by the Clark County Schools for twenty-six years as a custodian.
Wilma was a member of St. Michael’s Church in Kahoka and a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Wilma was a gardener with a green thumb and grew beautiful flowers. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, horseback riding and bike riding.
She is survived by two sons, Ralph Gates of Canton, MO and Roland “Mike” Gates, of Williamstown, MO, two daughters, Rosemary Parker and her husband, Robert of Ursa, IL and Ruth Bowers and her husband Gary of Kirksville, MO, four grandchildren, Nathan Gates, Carrie Parker, Nathaniel Parker and his fiancé Morgan Mohr and Katharine Parker and nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband Wilma was also preceded in death by her parents.
A private graveside service will be held in the St. Patrick cemetery at a later date.
A rosary will be recited by Pastoral Administrator, Kristen Roth at 5:30 p.m., Monday at the Vigen Memorial Home in Kahoka, MO.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with family meeting with friends at that time.
Memorials may be made to Blessing Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit or Blessing Hospice.
On-line condolences can be made to the family at www.vigenmemorialhome.com.