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Virginia Mary Gates

Virginia Mary Gates of Accord, NY, died on Friday, June 28, 2019 surrounded by her family. She was 75 years old. Virginia was born on June 18, 1944 in Kingston, NY; she was the daughter of the late Alvah and Nettie (Chrissy) VanDemark.


Virginia was known to her friends as ‘Ginny’, and affectionately known to her family as ‘Nana’. Ginny was a stay at home mom until the kids were old enough, then she worked as a Nursing Assistant privately and for Ellenville Regional Hospital. She was always helping others in need. She loved playing cards, was an avid shopper/coupon clipper, loved riding the golf cart, doing crossword puzzles and having dinner with friends. Ginny was the love of the community always having everything anyone needed. She was so very proud of her family and will be deeply missed.


She was predeceased by her husband Thomas Warren Gates. Tom had passed away on December 12, 1994.


Ginny is survived by her son Michael Gates and his wife MaryAnne of Accord, and her daughter Brenda Nieves and her husband Antonio of Woodbourne; Her grandchildren, Amanda Gates, Branden Gates, Heidi Gates-Nieves and Thomas Gates-Nieves; Great grandchildren, Aria and Lyla Smith; Her brother, Richard VanDemark and his wife Nancy; her niece, Christina Shirk and her nephew, Richard VanDemark.


As per Ginny’s wishes there will be no services. Private memorial services will be held at a later date.


Contributions in her memory may be made to the Hudson Valley Hospice Foundation, 374 Violet Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 or visit www.hvhospice.org/foundation/donate.

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My deepest sympathies to Ginny's friends and family. She was a sweet, caring, loving woman.
Melissa (Pugh) Johnson

Melissa Johnson Jul 9 2019 12:00 AM

I worked with Ginny at the Ellenville Community Hospital. She was always smiling and treated her patients and staff with kindness. Ginny was a lovely person. Condolences and prayers for her family and friends.

JoAnned Loudenslager Jul 1 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Virginia Gates

Bettie Terwilliger Jul 1 2019 12:00 AM

Ginny, you fought so hard! I am so blessed to have been there with you and your beautiful family. I will miss you so much...again, thank you for all of the laughs throughout the years. You are missed. Love you so much. Xoxo

Darlene Albano Jun 30 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Virginia Gates

Judy Hasbrouck Jun 30 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Virginia Gates

PAULA VANDERMARK Jun 30 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Virginia Gates

Stanley Christiana Jr Jun 29 2019 12:00 AM

Condolences to all the family.
Ginny will be missed by all that had the pleasure to know her.

Keith & Carol Kelder Jun 29 2019 12:00 AM

My god bless you Aunt Ginny you will forever live in my heat!

Marcelle Jun 29 2019 12:00 AM