Darice Elaine Gates, daughter of Allan and Cleora (Wells) George, was born Feb. 13, 1926, in Humboldt, Ia. She began her education in country school near Humboldt and then attended Humboldt High School.
She was a bookkeeper and secretary for many years at various businesses.
On Aug. 15, 1953, Darice was united in marriage to Gerald Gates.
Darice and Gerald farmed in northwest Iowa their entire life. The last place they farmed for 24 years, was near Laurens.
Darice passed away Sunday, April 3, 2011, at the Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg, Ia. at the age of 85.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Kathy Elaine Gates; twin grandsons, Keith and Jonathon Gates; her husband, Gerald Gates; four half sisters; a brother; and a sister.
She is survived by her son, Gary Gates of Spencer, Ia.; her daughter, Karen Halder and her husband, Louis of Spencer, Ia.; grandchildren: Katie and Thomas Gates, and Matthew (Abby) and Timothy Halder; brothers: J.R. George and Jerry George - both of Humboldt, Ia.; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Arrangements are being handled by Martin-Mattice Funeral Home.