Total Gift of $1,098,740 from Gates Estate

June 25, 2014

Mary Lanning Healthcare Foundation announces an additional partial bequest, bringing the total to $1,098,740 from the estate of Emma R. “Reese” Gates.

“This is the most recent gift from plans Claud and Reese Gates made to help support Mary Lanning Healthcare,” said Mary Plock, Lead Development Officer at Mary Lanning Healthcare Foundation. “We truly appreciate these thoughtful friends for their generous gifts, which will be added to the Endowment Fund and help continue the Lannings’ vision into the next century.”

“This is the second part of a generous estate gift from Claud and Reese Gates,” said Mary Plock, Lead Development Officer at Mary Lanning Healthcare Foundation. “We received $530,000 earlier, which makes the Gates’ total gift $988,000. Their thoughtful charitable gifts will be added to the Endowment Fund, helping us continue the Lannings’ vision for generations to come.”

Known to her friends as Reese, she was born January 6, 1920 south of Red Cloud, Nebraska and was a lifelong resident of Webster County. She graduated from Red Cloud High School with the class of 1938. Reese was elected clerk of Webster County District Court, 1946-1950, and she served as executive secretary for the Selective Service Board. She was office clerk for Gene Theobald with the Farmers Home Administration (FHA), clerk for Webster County Clerk’s Office and later was secretary for Webster County Attorney’s Office.

Reese was a member of First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Pleasant Prairie Extension Club and an R.S.V.P. volunteer. She was a pink lady volunteer at Webster County Community Hospital.

Local attorney David Garwood and his wife Marietta helped Reese after her husband died. They remember Reese as “a sweet and kind woman who loved her community and preferred a quiet and private life.”

Reese married James Claud Gates, December 29, 1957. They farmed west of Inavale. Claud preceded her in death, March 14, 1997, and Reese passed away November 5, 2013.

Claud and Reese Gates designated five charities in their estate plans, including Mary Lanning Healthcare.

For more information please contact:

Mary Plock
Lead Development Officer

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