Nancy Eldora Gates

Nancy E. (Weekley) Gates, born March 25, 1938 Petroleum, Ritchie Co., WV died Jan. 23, 2017 at her home in Waverly, WV.

She is the daughter of Howard and Cora (Higgins) Weekley. Raised in Parkersburg, as an Air Force wife she lived in Indiana, Arizona, Texas, Kansas, Germany and Ohio before returning to her roots in West Virginia. She worked for 20 years as a Telephone Operator in Parkersburg. She was a voracious reader, crosssword buff and into computers long before it was cool. She spent over 30 years doing in-depth genealogy research and in conjunction with her sister Sharon published two books: “The Tennants of WV” and “The Weekleys of WV,”

She is survived by her son Rick Gates (Jennifer), grandchildren Cory Gates (Andrea) and Jessica Shirk (Brad), great grandchildren Teagan Gates and Cooper and Charlie Shirk all of Canal Winchester, OH; sisters Sharon Pawlowski and Mary Alyce Liadis.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Richard C. Gates and a daughter Cheryl Lynn Gates.

Services will be 3 p.m. Monday at the Leavitt Funeral Home Parkersburg. Visitation will be 2-3 p.m. Monday. Online condolences may be sent at