The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


April 3, 2013

Elisabeth Gates

— Elisabeth M. Gates, 83, of Decatur passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in Decatur. Mrs. Gates was born Nov. 6, 1929, in Chicago to William T. Maplesden and Ellen Milligan Maplesden.

The funeral will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home. A private family burial will be in Gatlin Cemetery with Pat Lawrence officiating.

Visitation is from 10-11:15 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Gates was a member of First Baptist Church of Athens.

She was preceded in death by three husbands, James H. Massey, Billy Greene and Oscar Mac Gates; daughter, Sarah M. McCulloch; parents, William and Ellen Maplesden; three brothers, Bill Maplesden, Bob Maplesden and Hugh Maplesden.

Survivors include a daughter, Susan M. Harpe and husband Bob of Decatur; three sons, Jim Massey and wife Paige of Louisville, Ky., Tim Massey and wife Kathy of Athens and David Massey and wife Tina of Franklin, Tenn.; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Larry Maplesden, Bobby Maplesden, Johnny Maplesden, Steve Phillips, David Clem and Will Baker.

A special thank you, to the staff of Decatur Homecare and Riverside Senior Living.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley Inc. P.O. Box 2745 Decatur, AL  35602.

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