Gaie Bates St. John SOUTH WOODBURY — Gaie Bates St. John was born in Morrisville, Vermont, to Percival Bates and Enna Morey Bates on July 30, 1937. She passed peacefully from this earth at her home in South Woodbury on Nov. 17, 2021. Gaie grew up in Enosburg and graduated from Enosburg High. She enrolled in Becker College and graduated with an associate degree in journalism. She worked as a reporter for the Burlington Daily News then later as an administrative assistant for UVM, and the Dept. of Fish & Game. In 1974, she co-founded the TLC child development center in Montpelier with her sister. In 1978, she graduated from Goddard College with a degree in early childhood development. In 1986, she started teaching at Johnson Elementary School, where she also ran the gifted and talented program for several years. She completed her master's degree while she was the principal at Woodbury Elementary School and retired in 1999. She was an avid yard-saler and spent many years of her retirement as owner/operator of the "Old Friends" antique shop in Hardwick. Gaie loved to garden and enjoyed puttering around her back yard. She enjoyed winters in her Lake Worth, Florida, winter home. She was a voracious reader, often going through seven or eight books a week. She loved dogs, cats and all living creatures. She is survived by her husband, Daniel; a son and daughter from a previous marriage, Patrick Malone, of Maple Corners, and Shannon Bates, of Montpelier, Vermont; sisters, Bonnie Holmquest, of Charleston, South Carolina, and Rosie Oswald, of Hiawassee, Georgia; as well as several nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held at a future date. Memories and condolences are welcome at dgfunerals.com.

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I am so sorry to hear of Gaie's passing. I am sending my condolences to her husband, children and her sisters. She always had that lovely smile. Treasure your memories. Lots of love from Stella Morey Slicer.

Angela Grace

My love to the families over the loss of Gaie.

Angela Grace

Becker College Alumni Association

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Becker College alumnus Gaie Bates St. John ´57. We extend our deepest sympathies to the St. John and Bates families. May your memories of Gaie help you through this difficult time.


Dan - so sorry to learn of your loss. Hoping you find comfort in fond memories.


Thanks Jo. Sure been a while. I hope the years have been good to you.

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