Hospital foundation receives $500,000 gift

The Mary Lanning Healthcare Foundation announced Tuesday that it has received a $500,000 from the estate of Emma R. "Reese" Gates.

"We are truly grateful to Claud and Reese Gates for their generous charitable gift," said Mary Plock, the foundation's lead development officer. "The Gates' gift will be added to the endowment fund, helping us continue the Lannings' vision, offering hope and healing for generations to come."

Known to her friends as Reese, Emma was born Jan. 6, 1920, south of Red Cloud. She was a lifelong resident of Webster County, graduating from Red Cloud High School with the class of 1938. Reese was elected clerk of Webster County District Court from 1946-50, and she served as executive secretary for the Selective Service Board. She was office clerk for Gene Theobald with the Farmers Home Administration, 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.

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, Dec. 29, 1957. They farmed west of Inavale. Claud preceded her in death, March 14, 1997, and Reese died Nov. 5, 2013.

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

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