79, on Monday, March 16, 2009, Mary’s journey in this life ended at
Grandview Health Homes of Danville, PA and now goes with her Lord and Savior
in Heaven. Mary was born June 11, 1929 in Springfield Township, PA., and
was the daughter of Rush and Marion (Wright) Gates.
graduated from Troy High School in 1947.
Horseheads, NY held many fond memories for Mary and her family. Her
managerial job at the Dollar Guide was one of those memories. She and
husband, George lived in Zephyrhills, FL for nearly three decades. After
many years, Mary retired from Lawyers Title Services in Lakeland, FL. Her
final years of retirement were spent in Danville, PA at the Heritage Heights
Apartments so she could be near her son and daughter-in-law.
recognition in high school for her poetry talent. Making cards for friends
and family on her computer was something she thoroughly enjoyed. Faith in
God and being active in church were always very important to her and she was
very grateful for the many friends she made there.
predeceased by her loving husband; George E. McDermott, son; Stanley E.
McDermott, brothers; Donald Gates, Leslie Gates and sister; Irene (Gates)
is her son and daughter-in-law; Brian and Elizabeth McDermott of Riverside,
PA., grandson; Keith A. McDermott and fiancé Jessica Dreger, Atlanta, GA.,
sisters; Justine Phinney of Zephyrhills, FL., Barbara (Leslie) Phenes of
Elmira Heights, NY., and Ruthann (Henry) Howe of Tioga, PA., brother; Wayne
(Juanita) Gates of Springfield, PA., several nieces and nephews and many
and friends are invited to attend A Celebration of Mary’s Life Saturday,
March 21, 2009 at 1:00 PM at Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 West Mahoning
Street Danville PA with the Reverend David R. Schnaars officiating. Friends
will be received from 11:30 AM until the time of service. Burial will be
private at a later date in the Harkness Cemetery in Springfield PA. The
family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to Shiloh
United Church of Christ 500 Bloom Street Danville PA.