Nyack High School Class of '55

Elinor Birmingham Gates

Elinor Gates died peacefully with her family present in late September.

After graduating from Nyack High School and Traphagen School of Design, Ellie worked as a fashion illustrator in New York City. Upon retirement - whether she was painting, caning, doing ceramics, or what others might consider simple crafts - she followed her passion for the Arts. Ellie served as an officer in the Ladies Auxiliary of Wayne Hose Fire Company #1, as well as for the Rockland County, Hudson Valley, and LAFASNY. She was also an officer of the Pythian Sisters of Nyack.

Ellie is survived by her husband of 58 years, Stuart Gates; three sons Thomas (Donna), Glen (Marissa), Wayne (Susan), and daughter Karen(Giles) Phillips as well as three grandsons Alexander, Dillon, and Ty. She was predeceased by her brother Herbert and daughter Marilyn Jean. Internment was in Oakhill Cemetery in Nyack.

Ellie thanks all who brought joy to her life. Memorial donations may be made in her remembrance to the Stony Point Ambulance Corps, 47 South Liberty Drive, Stony Point, NY or United Hospice of Rockland, 11 Stokum Lane, New City, NY.

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