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Margaret M.

March 31, 1924 – September 16, 2019

Margaret Gates
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Obituary for Margaret M. Gates

Margaret Mary Gates, 95 of Coldwater passed away Monday, September 16 (her mother’s birthday), 2019 at Drews Place of Coldwater II.

In following Margaret’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a burial at Oak Grove will happen at a later date. The family was cared for by Dutcher Funeral Home of Coldwater.

Margaret was born March 31, 1924 to Jacob and Mary (Brown) Rigg in Girard Township. After graduation from Tekonsha High School, she stayed in the Coldwater area her entire life. On October 21, 1950 she married the love of her life, William D. “Doug” Gates in Angola. He preceded her in death on June 28, 1998. Margaret worked part-time as a book keeper in the family accounting business, Gates Accounting and also Federal Mogul, but mainly she worked hard at raising her family.

Earlier in life Margaret was active with the American Legion Auxiliary, the Blue Bird & Camp Fire Girls as a leader, as well as the March of Dimes. She was a room mother at Lincoln and Edison Elementary Schools for many years. Margaret enjoyed gardening, sewing, and playing cards, mainly euchre. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed family visits as she always prepared a big meal. Margaret could always be counted on to provide a casserole or volunteer in times of community crisis as with heading up the clothing drive for victims of the Palm Sunday tornados in 1965. Margaret’s true joy in life was spending time with family and friends.

Margaret is survived by her children Deborah (Mike Rieger) Gates of Durham, NC, Cam (David) Williams of Defiance, OH, and Beth (Charles) Dick of Muskegon; her sister Helen Brott of Marshall; her grandchildren Sarah Dick, Andrew Maxey, and Nicole Dowswell; her great grandchildren Skyler and Jackson; and many nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 48 years Doug Gates; her siblings Remus Rigg, Sr., Virgil Rigg, Velma Shumway, Ralph Rigg, Ardella Mundy, Edith Beck, and John Rigg.

Memorials may be directed to Drews Place Activities Fund.
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