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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Ruth Wolfe posted on 4/24/21

Betty and George, I am Mary Wolfe's daughter (Venetian Gardens). Ken and I met Mary there and also both of you at different times during visits. We were deeply saddened to learn of Mary's passing. She extended a warm welcome to my mother when she moved there in February 2017. She was wonderful company and the life of the table at Venetian Gardens and kept everyone going with her quit wit, humour, stories and ability to connect. The women at the table all had their share of health challenges and kept themselves and each other going. We so appreciated your Mary. Fond memories include the library opening when we spiked the punch with vodka .... and the 6 am party at Mary's apartment to watch Harry & Megan get married. I was there for both occasions. I was lucky to see her family albums. We know her beloved Jimmy was in her heart every minute. I don't think there was ever a conversation when he was not mentioned - I have no doubt she has rejoined him. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Ruth & Ken