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Gates, Mary Mentzer  
Mary Mentzer Gates Mary Mentzer Gates was born and raised in Akron, Ohio.  She died peacefully Thursday, July 16, 2015 surrounded by her family at the age of 90.Upon graduation from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in 1946 where she was a Pi Beta Phi, Mary taught Chemistry and Math at Old Trail School in Bath, Ohio.In 1948, Mary married the love of her life, James G. Gates, her husband of 67 years.  Together they raised two children, Anne Gates Murff of Atlanta, GA (Phil) and James G. Gates, Jr. of Akron, OH (Lois).While moving from one city to another during her husband's career with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Mary dedicated herself to her family and community.  While an Akron resident, she was a member of the Akron Junior League and on the Women's Board of Akron City Hospital.In 1985 Mary and Jim retired to Hilton Head Island where they built their dream home in Sea Pines.  Mary became active in the Sea Pines Garden Club and served on the Hilton Head Island Beautification committee.  She especially enjoyed painting, playing bridge and entertaining her family and friends.  Her grandchildren will always remember how she taught them to use a finger bowl.Mary was a current resident at TidePointe on Hilton Head Island.  She is survived by her husband, two children, 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Margaret and Lloyd Mentzer, and sister, Anne Teeple.A private funeral service with immediate family was held Saturday, July 18, 2015, and a Memorial Service will take place later in the fall.In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary's memory may be made to St. Luke's church, 50 Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928. The Island Funeral Home and Crematory. theislandfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Island Packet from July 21 to Aug. 21, 2015
Gibson, Michael Anthony - Seabrook  
Michael Anthony Gibson, affectionately known as "The Peanut Man" died June 26, 2015. He was the son of the late Anthony John and Nora Miller Gibson. Mike is survived by his four brothers; Patrick, Kenneth, John, James and their wives and two nephews Kenneth (Chip) Gibson and Jeff Gibson. He was preceded in death by his sister Linda. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday July 5, 2015 at 2 PM at Spirit of Life Ministries, 235 Chanel Drive, Varnville, SC, 29944. Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family.
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Published in The Island Packet from July 2 to Aug. 2, 2015
Gillis, Evelyn Treher  
Evelyn Treher GillisA memorial service for Evelyn Treher Gillis will be held at 2 pm, Friday, July 3, 2015 at The Summit Place of Beaufort. The Rev Heather Prince Doss of Sea Island Presbyterian Church will conduct the service for Mrs. Gillis, who was born April 17, 1911 in Monroeville, PA and died May 12, 2015 in the Beaufort Memorial Hospital.
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Published in The Island Packet from July 1 to Aug. 1, 2015
Graham, Melanie Anne  
Melanie Anne Graham Born in Savannah, Georgia on June 24, 1958 to George William Harrell, Jr., US Army JAG and Annelore Stelljes Harrell, Melanie Anne Harrell Graham passed away on Sunday, July 5, 2015 in her home on Myrtle Island in Bluffton, South Carolina. She spent most of her school years in Germany where she graduated from Stuttgart American High School. Melanie was confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Worms, Germany in the Wittenberg Cathedral where the Protestant reformation began. She was an accomplished horsewoman, trained in German dressage and really loved her English riding lessons in North Carolina, Hawaii and Germany. She worked as a hair stylist in Augusta, before opening her own Ardsley Park Hair Studio in Savannah and later worked for Hair Designers on Hilton Head. On April 17, 1982 Melanie and her husband Dee Dee were married in the Lutheran Church of the Ascension in Savannah, Georgia. After her marriage she was confirmed in the Episcopal faith at the Church of the Cross in Bluffton. She is predeceased by her father George William Harrell, Jr., brother Jonathan George Harrell, maternal grandparents, Anna and John Henry "Martin" Stelljes, paternal grandparents George and Lillian Harrell and nephew Adam Thomas Pinckney. She leaves behind husband Donald "Dee Dee" Cummings Graham, son Alexander "Anders" Cummings Graham, daughter Anna Catherine Graham, mother Annelore Harrell, sisters Tamela Anne Maxim (Nicholas), Anne Elizabeth Stacks (David), brother Andrew "Boo" William Harrell (Caprice "Cappi"), sister-in-law Anne Cameron Rowe, brother-in-law John Washington Graham, maternal uncle John Henry "Martin" Stelljes (Elizabeth "Lib"), nieces Claire Gnann Pinckney Timmerman (David), Emily Cameron Rowe, Sydney Leigh Harrell, Drew Covington Harrell, nephews Matthew "Matt" William Stacks, Daniel Martin Stacks, James "Jim" Peters Wilborn, David Burke Wilborn, great-niece Theile May Pinckney Timmerman and great-nephews Taylor "Reese" Pinckney and River Marion Pinckney Timmerman, cousins, Helen Elizabeth "Beth" Stelljes, Janet Marie Fisher (Leonard "Len"), Lynda Diane "Lyn" Dotterweich Visitation: Sauls Funeral Home, Bluffton, South Carolina on Thursday, July 9th 6-8 pm Funeral: Church of the Cross, Calhoun Street, Bluffton, South Carolina on Friday, July 10th 11 am In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Church of the Cross Rector's discretionary fund.
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Published in The Island Packet from July 8 to Aug. 8, 2015
Guiler, Jean  
Jean GuilerA limb has fallen from the family tree. We keep hearing her voice saying, "Don't grieve for me, and just remember the good times, the laughter and the love". Jean was an amazing woman. We are proud to call her our Mom. It takes a very special person to treat step-children as if they were your own, but she did. We will always remember her willingness to help during times of need. She was there for all the important moments of our lives; walking beside us through the joys and sorrows, sharing both our tears and laughter. Her example of unconditional love is a wonderful lesson for us all. Mom, we love you and will miss you very much. Jean Guiler, of Bluffton, South Carolina passed away at her son's home after a short illness. Her son Lew and his wife Gale were at her side. JEAN ANNETTE (MIEDEMA) GUILER was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on January 12, 1927. She entered heaven's gates on July 5, 2015. She is survived by her step-children, Lew Guiler of Bluffton, South Carolina, Jo Guiler Kusie of Chico, California and Norman Guiler and Dennis Guiler of Kent, Washington. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Kathleen Miedema and many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 45 years H. Lewis Guiler Jr., brothers Donald and John and her parents John and Aheltah (Rietkert) Miedema of Grand Rapids. There will be a service held at Chapel of Light, Skylawn Mausoleum at Skylawn Memorial Park in San Mateo, California on August 15, 2015 where she will be laid to rest with her husband. In Jean's youth, she enjoyed dancing, swimming, tennis and ice skating. Jean collected teacups and played the piano. Jean and her husband Lew loved to travel and visited many places in the world. Jean and her husband Lew lived in the Bay Area for more than 50 years. Jean worked for over 40 years at Stecher- Traung-Schmidt Lithographs and International Paper in San Francisco. Lew and Jean Guiler owned The Grand Apartments in San Mateo and Lew-Jean Hallmark stores in Foster City and Burlingame, California. After retiring she did volunteer work at the Martin Luther King Senior Center in San Mateo where she received a volunteer Award from the City of San Mateo in 2008. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Hospice Care of the Low country, PO Box 3827, Bluffton, SC 29910 or Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl., New York, NY 10001
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Published in The Island Packet from July 16 to Aug. 16, 2015
Gumpf, Frederick K.  
Frederick K Gumpf, 83, of Bluffton, died on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Arrangements by Sauls Funeral Home. saulsfuneral@hargray.com.
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Published in The Island Packet from July 2 to Aug. 2, 2015
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