In memory of
Jean E. Gates
Jean E. Gates, formerly of Lancaster, NH, died October 13th, 2016 in Concord at the age of 85. Born in 1930 in Roslindale, MA, she was the daughter of Chester and Lois Wheaton. Jean is survived by her husband of 59 years, Laurence; four children: sons Dan Gates of Jefferson, NH; Randall Gates and his wife Lou McLaren of North Ferrisburgh, VT; William Gates and his wife Carla of Amherst, NH and daughter Reana Nice and her late husband, Brad, of Telford, PA; four grandchildren, Stephen Gates of Nelson, New Zealand, Amanda Tierney of Manchester, NH, and Munro and Shea McLaren of North Ferrisburgh, VT; one great granddaughter, Isabella Gates; and a brother, Robert Wheaton, 73, of Watertown, MA. Jean maintained a career in personal banking in both MA and NH with a 15-year hiatus to raise her family. She started at the 10 School Street Boston main branch of the former Boston Five Cents Savings Bank where she was the first female teller ever hired. Before her retirement she was a long time employee of the Bank of New Hampshire. Jean was a lifelong Red Sox fan and was incredibly happy to finally see them win a World Series championship in 2004 followed by subsequent wins in 2007 and 2013. She was an avid cribbage player and enjoyed travelling to regional tournaments throughout New England with Larry. No memorial service is scheduled and the family appreciates any memorial gifts be given to the North Star Lodge #8, 25 Main Street, Lancaster, NH 03584). Jean's ashes will be interred in the Gates Family plot in Harvard, MA. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home in Lancaster. Please go to www.baileyfh.net for more information or to send an online condolence
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