Carrie Bates (1916 - 2012)

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  • "Sending my sympathy for one so dear. She will be missed."
    - Janell Hines
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INDEPENDENCE – Carrie Bates, long-time Independence resident, died suddenly and peacefully at her home Aug. 31, 2012 at the young age of 96. Per her wishes, she was cremated. A private burial will be at a future date.
She was a born volunteer, giving her time to the Red Cross Blood Donor Days, Girl Scouts, PTA, Ladies Musical receptions, Senior Center, Wilson Cemetery, Fontana Newsletters and last but not least the First Presbyterian Church. Her involvement in the church was in quilting, circle, funeral dinners, and the backpack assembly.
She married James Lowell Bates on Nov. 15, 1942 and they had two daughters, Connie and Janet. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters and her husband (in 1978). She is survived by her two daughters, two granddaughters and four great grandchildren.
She was proud of her Danish heritage but also showed her steadfast patriotism to the United States by flying its flag on the pole in her front yard.
Carrie took pleasure from the simple things in life: a cup of coffee, the chirping of a bird, the Northern Lights, a blue moon, and parades. She will be remembered for her selfless giving to and caring for others, never expecting anything in return.
Memorials may be sent to The First Presbyterian Church or Cedar Valley Hospice.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Sept. 12 to Sept. 29, 2012