The Yazoo Herald
Mrs. Idella Gates celebrated her 90th birthday on May 7, 2016 at the New Zion Multi-purpose Center in Yazoo City.
Mrs. Gates was born on May 9, 1926 in Ohio. She moved to Isola as a child, where she grew up. Mrs. Gates married Mr. Thomas James Gates in 1946. To that union, 13 children were born; nine girls and four boys. She has three children who preceded her in death with their father. Mrs. Gates now lives in Yazoo City. She has 10 living children who all celebrated her birthday with her. She also has 50 grandchildren and 125 great grandchildren.
She had visitors from Washington, North Carolina, Chicago, Alton, Ill. and many more. Mrs. Gates had a carriage ride to her surprise birthday party. She is well known by all the children and others. She loves to cook, plant flowers and go to casinos. The family would like to thank Mr. Bennie G. Thompson for the proclamation of their mother’s 90th birthday, as well as the city of Yazoo City.