Barbara Rees Gatens

Barbara Rees Gatens, 87, formerly of Gowanda, passed away on Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Beikirch Care Center in Brockport, NY.

Barbara was born Janu-ary 27, 1926 in Carbondale, PA to the late Joseph and Miriam (Kilpatrick) Rees.

Barbara graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School and enrolled in the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps program at Syracuse University. In 1946 she graduated in the School of Nursing’s first class with a degree as Registered Nurse.

Barbara married Miles Gatens in 1947, and they both subsequently moved to Gowanda to work at Gowanda Psychiatric Center. Barbara retired from her career as a psychiatric nurse after over thirty years of service.

Barbara and Miles enjoyed traveling together. They toured the United States and Europe and some of their fondest memories were of trips to Cancun, Mexico. The Gatens were long time active members of the First Presbyterian Church of Gowanda.

Barbara is survived by two daughters, Michele (Ronald Fort) Gatens and Cheri (Jerry) Sheridan, and five grandchildren, Matt (Kim) and Caitlin Fort, and Chris, Jenny, and Ben Sheridan. Her husband, Miles Gatens, and her brother, Joseph Owen Rees, predeceased Barbara.

A Memorial Service for both Miles and Barbara will be held Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 4 p.m. from the SCHINDLER FUNERAL HOME, 44 Center St., Gowanda, Rev. Donna K. Lewis officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Barbara’s or Miles’ name may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 64 East Main Street, Gowanda, NY 14070, or to a charity of one’s choice.