GATES, Ella (Bristol) c1859 -1944
BRISTOL, GATES, DECKLER, MOODY
Posted By: Monica
Date: 5/13/2012 at 20:45:27
I am not related and have no further information, this is taken from an old scrapbook that belonged to Mrs. Clara (Jones) McCartney
LIFE HISTORY OF MRS. ISAAC GATES
A long life of 85 years, 9 months and 16 days came to a peaceful close for Mrs. Ella Gates, monday morning, January 17, 1944. Her days had been good days devoted to the care of her family, helping those in need, and in doing the work of her Heavenly Father.
Ella Bristol, daughter of John D. Bristol and his wife, Mary Deckler-Bristol, was born on their farm three miles northwest of Colesburg, Iowa. When her education was completed she taught in and near Colesburg for nine years and was recognized as one of the best and most conscientious teachers of that period.
On the 27th day of May, 1886, in the farm home where she was born, she gave her heart and hand in marriage to Mr. Isaac Gates. they began their life together one-half miles north of Wood and were the parents of two sons, Edgar and Lloyd, who were real blessings to their home.
After twenty-one years near or in Edgewood, the family went to their large farm near Agar, South Dakota, where they continued in farming until their return to their Edgewood home in 1919. they have always been held in very high esteem in every community in which they have lived.
Four years ago the declining health of Mrs. Gates made it advisable to move into the home of their son, Lloyd, and for the past year and a half she has been a complete invalid. During all this time the most loving, tender and respectful care has been rendered to the dear little lady by each member of the family. The beloved daughter-in-law anticipated every need and was ever ready to fill each need with patience and love.
Mrs. Gates had been a faithful member of this Congregational church ever since her residence in this vicinity, and was a member of the local Woman's Christian Temperance Union since 1919. For many, many years she was the teacher of the adult women's Bible class in the Sunday school.
Latest evidence of the love she and her dear husband have ever held for their church was their gift of the beautiful communion table a year and more ago. Her faith in God's care for His Own never wavered through the years. Even when the lovely granddaughter, Patricia, was called to her Heavenly Home at the age of two years and five months on August 10, 1927, and again on June 16, 1929 when the elder son was suddenly called, she could say, "God's will be done".
Also preceding her in death are her three brothers, Leavitt, Peter and William H. P. Bristol, and two sisters, Millie and Louisa Bristol.
Surviving are her dearly husband, their son, Lloyd, his wife and their two children, Calvin and Constance of Edgewood, and one niece, Mrs. Bernice Bristol-Moody of Colesburg.
Gos has called His loved one home to say, "Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter thou in to the joy of they Lord".
Funeral services were conducted in the church of her faith Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock in charge of the pastor, Rev. W. B. H. O'Neill. The musical selections, "Pass Me Not, Oh Gentle Saviour" and "In the Garden" were sung by Mr. and Mrs. F. I. Smith with Margaret Kirk at the piano. Casket attendants were L. L. Densmore, Herman and Theodore Bassett, O. H. Berens, John Elliot and Frank Peet. Burial was made in the Edgewood cemetery.
Among those from out of town who came Wednesday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Gates were: Mrs. Leon Jones and son, Robert, and Mrs. Lou Howell of Marion; Mrs. Bert Dodge, Mr. and Mrs. Glen Dodge, and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Moody of Colesburg; Mrs. Russell Austin of Beloit, Wis.; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Phelps of Manchester.
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