BATES, Michelle Jean|
Michelle Jean Bates, 45, of Royal Palm Beach, passed away on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Palms West Hospital after a brief illness. Michelle was born to Bruce W. Bates and Julia A. Bates (deceased) on April 27, 1969 at Malcolm Grow U.S.A.F. Hospital, Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Michelle is survived by her Father Bruce, Sister Jennifer Stotler, Nieces Bryanna and Kalie, Nephew DJ, Aunts Gloria and Judy, Uncles Bill, Ed and Art, numerous cousins as well as her pride and joys Daisy and Sam her Yorky and Maltese. Michelle was educated in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, followed by community college during her eight years with the US Air Force. Her service for her country was diverse and impressive. She served as an Air Force Security Police Officer in Texas, Germany, California and Panama. After her honorable discharge Michelle worked as a security agent at the Regan Building in Washington D.C. for Wackenhut Security. Because of her love for Florida she obtained a transfer to south Florida. Michelle's last eight and a half years had been spent with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office (PBSO) as a 9-1-1 Communications Officer, a job she developed a true passion for. Michelle was awarded Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Communication Employee of the Year in 2013. She also had the honor of being selected as the 2013 Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Florida Chapter Telecommunicator of the Year. Michelle was involved with numerous public services and charities. Michelle was devoted to her work and co-workers at PBSO. She was always at the top of the list to volunteer for events and charities involving Law Enforcement, the Military or animals. Her loss leaves a large void in her PBSO family and friendsIn lieu of floral remembrances, donations can be made to Wounded Warriors of South Florida 561-855-4207 or Place of Hope at 561-775-7195A service will be held on Tuesday June 10th 2014 at 11:00AM Christ Fellowship Church in Royal Palm Beach, 9905 Southern Blvd., Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411. Interment will be at a later date in Maryland.
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Published in The Palm Beach Post from June 8 to June 9, 2014