101-year-old Mildred (Millie) Irene Lichtenberger Gates, of Quincy died Monday, May 27 in Blessing Hospital in Quincy. A 1928 graduate of Carmi High School, Mildred moved to Quincy to attend Gem City Business College. To help pay for her college she worked as a waitress, a clerk at the Montgomery Ward store, and cared for two elderly women. Following graduation, she was hired by Henry Garrellts of Garrellts Paint Store and served as his secretary. She attended Central Baptist Church where she met her future husband, Parker Smith Gates. They were married March 17, 1933, in Springerton. Parker Gates and his parents, Henry and Cora, were in the formative years of the Gates Radio and Supply Company founded in 1922. During the early years of their marriage, Mildred was a receptionist, office clerk and then vice president of the company. Gates Radio Company was merged with Harris Intertype Corporation in 1957 and became part of the Broadcast Communication Division of Harris Corporation. The Broadcast Communication Division was sold to The Gores Group in 2012. An office and manufacturing complex are still located in Quincy.
Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Gerdes, Janet Conover and her husband, Joe; and Mary Belle Gates, all of Quincy; six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Bertha Blackford of Fairfield, and Ruby Beatrice (Bea) Bowers and her husband, John, of Quincy; and one brother, Robert Lichtenberger and his wife, Wilma, of Fairfield along with several nieces and nephews.
Services for Mildred Irene Litchenberger Gates will be 10 a.m. Monday, June 3, at Vermont Street United Methodist Church in Quincy with burial in Greenmount Cemetery in Quincy.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 2, in the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home in Quincy
Memorials may be made to the Vermont Street United Methodist Church (Radio Ministry), the Quincy University Parker and Mildred Gates Scholarship Award, the Blessing Hospital Foundation (Patient Care Addition), the Quincy Area Project, or to P.E.O. Chapter F (Educational Loan Fund) and will be accepted at the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home in Quincy.