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Mary Elizabeth Dillman Gates

Mary Elizabeth Dillman Gates, 93, of Fishers, Indiana, formerly of Arcola, Illinois, died at 11:22 a.m. EST on Sunday, May 31, 2020 at her family residence.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. CST on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at Shrader Funeral Home, 204 N. Locust Street, Arcola, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 1:30-3:00 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Arcola Cemetery.

Mary was born February 27, 1927 in St. Francisville, Illinois, the daughter of Rev. Clifford K. and Bertha May Eickelberger Dillman.

She is survived by two daughters, Karyn (Dennis) Mitchel of Fishers, Indiana; Robyn E. (Bob) Short of Chenoa, Illinois; five grandchildren, Steven (Angie) Kaskavage; Troy Kaskavage; Andrew (Heather) Kaskavage; Mattheus L. Mitchel; Nicole E. (Josh) Rosebrough; three great grandchildren, Blaze, Draven, and Kolby Kaskavage; and brother, Dr. Beryl Dillman. Also surviving, Erin Kaskavage, Deb Mitchel and Conlyn Mitchel- dearly loved near-family. She was preceded in death by five brothers and a sister.

Mary graduated from Arcola High School and attended Utterback Business College in Mattoon. She was formerly employed as an assistant agent for the Illinois Central Railroad and later served as the custodian for the Burke Administration Building at Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, and was awarded Staff Member of the Year in 1991. She was a member of the Church of Nazarene in Kankakee.

Memorials are suggested to: the Ruth Evelyn Dillman and Mary Elizabeth Dillman Gates Scholarship at Olivet Nazarene University.

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