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Laura M. Gates

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BENNINGTON -- Mrs. Laura M. Gates, 94, widow of Walter S. Gates, a resident of the Bennington House on Elm Street, died Sunday morning, Oct. 23, 2005, at the Centers For Living and Rehabilitation following a brief illness.

She was born in Andover, Sept. 2, 1911, the daughter of the late James A. and Hazel (Johnson) Farrar. She received her education in Chester.

Mr. and Mrs. Gates were married July 21, 1931. Mr. Gates died June 22, 1999.

In earlier years Mrs. Gates was employed at Thomson Manufacturing as a sewing machine operator.

Mrs. Gates was a former member of the Chester Grange and the Good Sam Camper Club.

Her home and family were her primary interest. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting.

Survivors include: a son, Gordon W. Gates and his wife Lorraine of North Pownal; two grandchildren, Candy Jelley and her husband Jamie of North Pownal, and Randy G. Gates and his wife Aimee of Shaftsbury; three great-grandchildren, Tanner and Aaron Jelley of North Pownal and Emily Laura Gates of Shaftsbury; a brother, Gale Farrar of Ascutney; and a sister, Eileen Stone of Springfield; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Kimberly A. Ramey, and two brothers and two sisters, Earl Farrar, Franklin Farrar, Frieda Rumrill and Gwendolyn Licence.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005, at noon with the Rev. John Foster officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.

The burial will take place in the family lot in Hinsdillville Cemetery in Bennington.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bennington Rescue Squad or the Southwestern Vermont Cancer Center through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201
Published in Bennington Banner from Oct. 24 to Oct. 25, 2005
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