FAIRHAVEN — Ethel M. (Gifford) Frates, 76, of Fairhaven passed away Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford after a period of declining health. She was the wife of the late John M. Frates, Jr.

Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Louis H. and Harriet M. (Dalzell) Gifford, she lived most of her life in Fairhaven prior to moving to New Ipswich, NH in 2013. She was a graduate of Fairhaven High School and had been the Director of Personnel at Our Lady’s Haven in Fairhaven where she had worked for 45 years until her retirement in 2006.

Ethel was a member of the Fairhaven Bicentennial Committee, the Order of Eastern Star in Fairhaven, Past President of the Fairhaven Mother’s Club, a member of the Colonial Club and the Fairhaven Historical Society.

Survivors include her son, Jeffrey P. Frates Fox and his wife Daria of New Ipswich, NH; a daughter-in-law, Terri Frates of New Bedford; a brother, Louis H. Gifford, Jr. and his wife Jacqueline of Carver; a sister-in-law, Barbara G. Gifford of Mattapoisett; four grandchildren, Nicole, Jessica and Ross Frates and Elizabeth Parsons; four great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Ethel was the mother of the late John M. Frates, III, grandmother of the late Joshua Frates, and sister of the late Robert L. Gifford and Barbara Goslin.

In accordance with her wishes she was cremated and memorial calling hours are Wednesday from 5-8pm in the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main Street, Fairhaven, with a graveside service on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 10:00am in River-Side Cemetery, Fairhaven.

For memorial register or facility directions go to, www.hathawayfunerals.com or call (508)994-9471.