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Ruth M. Bates

June 25, 1922 ~ June 10, 2005 (age 82)

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.

Friends may visit online at to sign a guest register book, to express their sympathy, to submit a special photo or memory or to view a photo tribute page in honor of Ruth M. Bates.

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