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BARNEY, GA-Viola Maria DeVaty Gates, died on December 19, 2013, at the age of 86. She was the daughter of Stefan and Alois Lamm DeVaty, born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, graduating from Brentwood High School, having attended most all of their reunions throughout her life. She became the homemaker extraordinaire, wife of Paul Gates, Sr., and lived in Pittsburgh, Moorestown-Mt. Laurel, New Jersey area, Worthington, Ohio, Decatur, Georgia, Charlotte, North Carolina, Cleveland, Tennessee, Fletcher, North Carolina, and finally in Barney, Georgia where her final years were spent near her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her children, Kathleen G. Yert, newly of Adel, GA, Paul Gates, Jr. of Barney, GA and Nancy A. Eggers of Barney, GA; her grandchildren, Linda Myers of Montgomery, AL, Diane Hirebet of Pittsburgh, PA, Captain Andrew P. Eggers of Daleville, AL, Amanda Eggers of Jacksonville Beach, FL, Claire Keatley of Sims, North Carolina, Kristina Eggers-Strumolo of Northfield, NJ, Thomas W. Eggers of Sumerduck, VA, Will Gates of Barney, GA, Christina Rackley of St. Petersburg, FL, and great-grandchildren, Kristopher Myers, Alexandra Eggers, and Caden Rackley.
Viola was a devoted mother and animal lover. She was an accomplished seamstress and master of the needle arts, crocheting and knitting amazing things, including purple baby hats for Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC and for cancer patients in Valdosta, GA. Her creations won many awards at county fairs. She was also well-known for her cookies, baking over 1500 cookies each Christmas for family and friends; everyone she knew loved her cookies. She loved cats and supported many animal welfare groups. She was a kind and generous soul and will be sorely missed.
Private memorial service to be held in Pittsburgh, PA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to local animal shelters.
Published in The Times-News on Dec. 24, 2013
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