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Phyllis Gates El-Hage, 84, of Baldwinsville, died peacefully Thursday, January 21, 2016, at the Syracuse Home. Born in Baldwinsville, NY, she resided most of her life there. She was a 50-year member of the Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church, as well as a past member of the Syracuse Home Auxiliary and a volunteer for the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center. Phyllis loved her family, dancing and following her favorite bands. Phyllis was predeceased by her first husband, Ralph Gates Sr. in 1987; her brother, Roderick Beebe in 1999; her son, Harlan “Skip” Gates in 2008; and her second husband, Thomas El-Hage in 2012.
Phyllis is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Rinier of Bridgeport; her son, Ralph Gates Jr. (Karen) of Baldwinsville; daughter-in-law, Susan Gates of Baldwinsville; stepson, Craig El-Hage of Palermo; stepdaughter, Shawna El-Hage of Florida; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be Monday, January 25, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery in Baldwinsville. Friends may call from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, January 24, 2016, at the Gates Funeral Home, 29 West Genesee Street, Baldwinsville.
Contributions may be made to the Greater Baldwinsville Ambulance Corps. or the Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church.
Date of Death: January 21, 2016
Gates Funeral Home
29 West Genesee Street
Baldwinsville, NY 13027
Published in Syracuse Post Standard from Jan. 23 to Jan. 24, 2016