Anastasia (Ann) M. Gates passed away peacefully Dec. 8, 2010, with Dillard H. Gates, her loving husband of nearly 65 years at her side.
Ann was born July 2, 1926, in the small farming community of Anselmo, to Charles and Anna Mohatt. Ann grew up on a farm with her eight brothers and sisters and graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1944.
Shortly thereafter Ann moved to Los Angeles where she contributed to the war effort as a riveter during construction of P-52 Mustang Aircraft. Following the war, Ann returned to Nebraska to await the return of her high school sweetheart and love of her life from the South Pacific. Ann and Dillard were married Jan. 27, 1946, in Broken Bow. Ann was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother and lived in Vancouver, Wash. since 1986 when Dillard retired from Oregon State University.
While living in the Washington D.C. area in the late 1970s, Ann returned to school and earned her associates of arts degree with honors from Northern Virginia Community College. Ann greatly enjoyed sewing, reading, and travel with her husband.
Ann also was a long-time member of Catholic Daughters and active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and “Nana” never missed attending the many dance performances, sporting events, choir, and band concerts in which they participated.
Ann is survived by her husband, Dillard; her two sons, Howe (his wife LeeAnn) and Charles; grandchildren, Laura, Gregory, and Allison Gates, all of Vancouver, Wash.; sisters, Mary Schmitz, Charlene Bendig, and Joan Hammond. Ann was preceded in death by her father and mother; brothers, Carl and Xavier Mohatt, and sisters Francis McCarthy, Ernestine Hickey, and Patricia Dowark.
There will be a funeral mass for Ann today, Dec. 16, at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Vancouver, Wash. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Dillard H. Gates and Anastasia M. Gates Scholarship in care of the Oregon State University Foundation, Corvallis, Oregon 97333 (541.737.2421).
The family wishes to express special thanks to the caring staff at the Glenwood Place Assisted Living and Memory Care facility in Vancouver, Wash., for their kindness and loving care provided to Ann during her final months and days.