Ruth M. Bates

Born: Sun., Jun. 25, 1922
Died: Fri., Jun. 10, 2005

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Ruth M. Bates, 82, of Connersville, died Friday afternoon, June 10, 2005 at her home. She had been in failing health for the past year and a half.

She was born June 25, 1922 in Fayette County, Indiana, one of four children of Robert W. and Anna F. Schutter Geis. A graduate of Connersville High School, she was formerly employed for Fayette Bank and Trust Company for eleven years and had also been a secretary for Triangle Sheet Metal & Heating, retiring in 1985.

On May 22, 1954, she was married to Merlin L. Bates of Rushville. Mr. Bates survives.

A member of the Saint Gabriel Church, Saint Anne's Altar Society, Daughters of Isabella, the church Bereavement Committee and was a worker for the Society of Saint Vincent DePaul.

Survivors besides her husband, Merlin L. Bates, include: a daughter: Tina Davis and husband Larry of Connersville; a son: Brian Bates and wife Ginger of Rushville; three grandchildren: Juanita Pennington, Heather Pickens and husband Mikel, and Hannah Bates; three brothers: Robert Geis and wife Joella, Russell Geis and wife Mary Jo all of Connersville, and Paul Geis and wife Kathryn of Milton IN; a number of nephews, nieces and great nieces and great nephews.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Stanley J. Herber at 10 AM Monday, June 13, 2005 at Saint Gabriel Church. Burial will be in Dale Cemetery. Friends may call at Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home from 4-8 PM o Sunday, where the Rosary will be recited at 7:30 PM that evening.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Saint Gabriel School.

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Vernon and Ann Kibbey
   Posted Mon June 13, 2005
We would like to express condolences to Merlin and his family over the loss of wife and mother Ruth. We remember Ruth as the one who showed up at our door with a pitcher of iced tea on the hot June day we moved into the neighborhood.
God bless you all.

Your neighbors Vernon and Ann Kibbey

Mac and Sandy Crumpton
   Posted Mon June 13, 2005
Our throughts are with all the family. It was a pleasure to have Ruth as a neighbor for all these years.

Burnard & Lisa (Crumpton) Harrison
   Posted Mon June 13, 2005
We wish to send our condolence to the whole family on your loss of Ruth. I remember growing up as her neighbor and of getting to know her again as an adult. Lisa

Mark and Debbie Bates
   Posted Wed June 22, 2005
Aunt Ruth,

We will miss you and your warmth. We enjoyed so many Labor Day weekends with you and Uncle Merlin, and so many Pinnochle games, too! So many years of memories- THANK YOU

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