American teacher who served on the University of Washington board of regents from 1975 until 1993 and became the first female president of King County's United Way.
She earned a degree in education from the University of Washington in 1950.
She took on a number of volunteer roles that included serving the boards of the Children's Hospital Foundation and the Seattle Symphony.
She married William H. Gates Sr. in 1950 and they had three children.
She is the mother of entrepreneur Bill Gates.