Margaret Ann Joseph
May 4, 1927 – December 10, 2019
Mrs. Margaret Ann Joseph, Massillon native known to most as Margaret Scott, daughter of Dessie Scott and sister of Edgar Candyman Scott, has passed away at the age of 92.
Born in Smyrna, Georgia, Margaret and her two brothers Henry and Edgar moved here after the death of her father. Margaret was the last living graduate of Massillon High Class of 1945. After graduation Margaret moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where she married Eugene Gates and had five children. She divorced after 27 years and moved to California. There she married Harold Paul Joseph until their divorce 25 years later. She went on to retire as a Dietary Supervisor from the San Leandro Convalescence Hospital. At 62 she returned to Massillon, Ohio with her mother to live, fish and worship God at her childhood church; Church of the Living God in Christ. But at 75 when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease she moved back to California to live with her daughter Lynda Gates, where she lived happily until her death.
She was preceded in death by both parents, Henry and Dessie May Scott, three children, Magdalene Gates-Hatchett-Higgs, Magdeil Gates and Silas Herbert Gates, and two great grandchildren, Veronica Nicole Claiborne and Andre O’Neal Claiborne.
Margaret is survived by her youngest son Earol Wayne Gates, aka Raindrop of Oregon, and her baby girl Lynda D. Gates of California. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 44 great great grandchildren.
A visitation will be held Saturday, December 21, 2019 from Noon until 2pm at Allen Mortuary, 247 North Broadway, Turlock, CA.