Mary M. Gaston

August 24, 1928 - April 6, 2021
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Mary Muse Gaston, age 92, passed away peacefully on April 6th in Venice, FL, where she had resided for the last 38 years.

Mary, youngest daughter of Joseph Pressly Muse and Ruth Service Muse, was born August 24, 1928 in Spartanburg, SC. She was raised in Charlotte, NC and graduated from Central High in 1946. Mary attended Newbury College and graduated from The University of South Carolina College of Education in 1950.

Mary Eunice Muse married James Bostwick Gaston, Jr. of Greenville, SC on January 29, 1949. Mary and Jim lived in Augusta, GA where she taught school for 28 years. They were members of First Presbyterian Church, where Mary served on the Board of the Women of The Church. In 1982, they moved to Venice, FL, enjoying many years of travel, sun, and relaxation. Mary was an active member of the Venice Presbyterian Church and the Venice-Nokomis Woman’s Club for 37 years. She was the eldest active member at the time of her death.

She is survived by her daughter Elizabeth “Betty” Snellings (Bill) of Sea Island, GA; her son George Muse Gaston of Middlebrook, VA; her two grandchildren, William R. Snellings, III of Charlottesville, VA, and his wife Kacie (sons Ford, Sam and Henry) and Lilibet Snellings Kyte of Richmond, VA and her husband Peter (son Peter Jr.) She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother (Joseph Muse, Jr.) and sister (Marguerite I. Powell).

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Venice Presbyterian Church at 825 The Rialto Venice, FL 34285, or a charity of your choice. Farley Funeral Home in Venice is handling the arrangements. A message of condolence may be sent by visiting

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Born: August 24, 1928
Died: April 6, 2021

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