Mrs. Kathleen Ellen Bates, age 59, of Providence, Fla. died Tuesday, Jan. 14, in the Select Specialty Hospital, Gainesville, Fla. following a long illness. She was born in Raleigh, N.C. and had resided in Lake City and Providence, Fla. for over 50 years. She worked as a classification officer with the Columbia Correctional Facility and was a dispatcher with the Lake City office of the Florida Highway Patrol with a total of 28 years of service with the State of Florida. She was a graduate of Columbia High School and earned a degree in criminology from the University of Florida
. She was member of the Hopeful Baptist Church and enjoyed cooking and helping with many church functions. She is survived by her parents, Wilbur and Mary Ellen Bates of Crystal River, Fla.: Three brothers, Wilbur H. (Rita) Bates, Jr. of Providence, Fla., David T. (Diane) Bates of Stuart, Fla. and Joseph R. (Angela) Bates of Piedmont, Ala.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 A.M. Saturday, Jan. 18, in the Hopeful Baptist Church with Rev. Richard Rodriquez, Minister of Senior Adults, officiating. Interment will be in Hopeful Cemetery, Columbia County, Fla. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 A.M. (One hour before services) at the church. GUERRY FUNERAL HOME, 2659 S. W. Main Blvd. Lake City, Fla. in charge of arrangements. www.guerryfuneralhome.net