Geneva R. Gates
January 10, 1931 - December 14, 2015
Geneva Rae Gates, 84, died December 14, 2015. She was a newspaperwoman, a writer, and the owner-operator of Geneva’s Trip Takers, Inc.
Her column “Over The Fence,” and later with just her by-line, has appeared every Tuesday in some publication in the area for the past 58 years. She wrote for the Litchfield Gazette, and was the Modern Living Editor at The Hillsdale Daily News for 21 years.
During her stay at the Daily News, she originated group travel and accompanied readers on tours across the United States. When she left there, she started Geneva’s Trip Takers, and then wrote for The Jackson Sun, a supplement to the Jackson Citizen Patriot. She and her husband expanded the travel company to include tours throughout the world, and escorted every trip.
In 1968 she received a volunteer service award in a joint session of the House and Senate. Gov. William Milliken presented the award.
She was born Jan. 10, 1931 in Litchfield, the daughter of James and Elsie Arthur. She grew up in the home of her grandparents, Raymond and Bessie Weese and graduated from Litchfield High School in 1949.
Preceded in death by her husband, Frank H. Gates, Geneva is survived by two daughters, Molly Bazydlo (Henry) of Chelsea, and Sally Schwartz (Rob) of Muskegon; one son, Tony Gates, of Grand Rapids; and seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be held at the Dow Hotel & Conference Center, Hillsdale College on January 10, 2016, from 2-4 pm, including a Celebration of Life Service at 3 pm.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Litchfield Veterans’ Memorial Fund is appreciated. Checks should be written to the Hillsdale County Community Foundation with “Veteran’s Memorial Fund” written on the memo line and mailed to Diane Smith, PO Box 345, Litchfield, MI 49252.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Eagle Funeral Home-George White Chapel, Litchfield.