Layde Arlillian “Lil” Gould Gates, 90, of Marengo, died Sunday morning, May 8, 2011, at Rose Haven Nursing Home after a brief illness. Funeral services were held May 11 at Koszta United Methodist Church, Koszta, with the Rev. Katie Dawson officiating. Burial was in Koszta Cemetery.
A memorial fund has been established.
Layde is survived locally by her daughter, Rita Gates of North Liberty.
Layde Arlillian “Lil” Gould was born Oct. 30, 1920, in rural Iowa County, south of Belle Plaine, the first of seven children born to Benjamin F. and Layde Eva (Sloan) Gould.
As a child, she developed a lifelong passion for music, inspired by her parents and relatives who incorporated music into their work and social lives. School inspired a passion for reading, especially history and geography that later led to her many trips and travel to foreign countries.
Lil worked full-time for a series of farm families until she met and later married a childhood friend, Maynard C. Gates, son of Charles C. and Myrtle (Cronbaugh) Gates, on Dec. 13, 1941, at the Methodist Church in Vinton.
Online condolences may be extended to the family at www.klosterfuneralhome.com.