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Betsy Goodwin Gates, 77

August 20, 2010

Betsy Goodwin Gates, 77, of Columbia City, died Friday afternoon at Miller’s Merry Manor.

She was born April 19, 1933 in Knoxville, Tenn., a daughter of Martin Gilbert and Mary Lynn (Foster) Goodwin. She graduated from Lenoir City High School in 1951, attended Randolph Macon Women’s College for two years and graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1955.

On Aug. 16, 1955 she was united in marriage to Benton E. Gates Jr. In the spring of 1957 they moved to Columbia City.

A teacher, she taught school in Kansas and Missouri and later served as a substitute teacher in the Columbia City area for 23 years.

Her memberships included Columbia City United Methodist Church for over 50 years and its Women’s Group, Tri Kappa where she was a Past President and Parliamentary Law and Literary Club. She was well known for her long time visitation at local nursing homes.

Surviving relatives include her husband, Ben; a son, Benton E. (Janet) Gates III of Fort Wayne; two daughters, Mary Lynn (Gary) Pottorff of Carmel and Marti (Kent) Lundy of Huntington; six grandchildren, Betsy Lynn Pottorff Dammeier, Gregory W. Pottorff, Alex D. Williams, Benjamin L. Williams, Joshua Wesley Lundy and Nathan Charles Lundy; and a great-granddaughter, Makenna Dammeier.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Betsy Jayne Gates.

The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Columbia City United Methodist Church, 605 Forest Parkway with visitation one hour prior to the service. The burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery. The visitation will also be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City.

Preferred memorials are to Betsy Jayne Gates Memorial Fund c/o Whitley County Community Foundation.

Condolences may be sent to smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.

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