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Mary Joanne Gates

January 1, 1929 April 15, 2012
Mary Joanne Gates
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Obituary for Mary Joanne Gates

Mary �Joanne� Gates, age 83 and a long time resident of Highland, died on April 15, 2012.
She was preceded in death by Ira, her beloved husband of over fifty-seven years in 2011, and is survived by daughters, Kathy (Marshall) Reid of Muskegon and Sally (Kenneth) Taylor of PA; grandchildren, Derek and Ryan Reid, Melanie, Brandon, and Adam Taylor, David Estrada and great grandsons, Ethan and Tyler.

Joanne was born on January 1, 1929, the daughter of Walter and Bessie Featherston Mehlberg, and growing up enjoyed the Featherston family farm which was located in Auburn Hills, was the namesake of Featherston Road, and situated on property which is now Oakland University campus.
She worked for many years in accounts payable with GM Truck and Bus in Pontiac, before retiring in 1987.
A Funeral Service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty, Milford, on Wednesday, April 18, at 11AM, with burial to follow at Highland Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10AM until the time of service. Memorials may be made in her name to the Michigan Parkinson Foundation. For further information please phone 248-684-6645.


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