Mary Cecelia Gates passed away on March 1, 2018 at Parkview Nursing after a battle with Alzheimer's disease. The family extends their deepest appreciation to the staff of Parkview Nursing for providing such wonderful care to Mom over the past three years.
Mary was born in Wilmington, DE to the late Frank and Charlotte (Konitzer) O’Toole. She graduated from Wilmington High School and the Delaware Hospital School of Nursing. As a registered nurse, Mary had worked at Alfred I. DuPont Institute and Parkview Nursing.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 19 years, William S. Gates; her siblings, Frank E. O’Toole, III, Charlotte O. Nurnberg and Virginia A. Mumma. Mary is survived by her children, William S. Gates, Jr. and his wife, Marcia, and Robert H. Gates; her grandchildren, William S. Gates, III, Robert H. Smallwood, Michael R. Gates, and Ashley Lee Rose Gates; her great-grandchildren William S. Gates, IV, Edgar E. Ortega, Jr., Leighton R. Ortega and Bailee R. Lopez.
Family and friends may call on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm at the McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike (Rt.202 South of Silverside Road), Wilmington, DE 19803 where a memorial service will follow at 4:00 pm. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Mary's honor may be made to Parkview Nursing, 2801 W. 6th Street, Wilmington, DE 19806 and Salesianum School, 1801 N Broom St, Wilmington, DE 19802.