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Betty M. Bates

TAVARES, Fla. – Betty M. Bates, 88, of Tavares, Fla., passed away Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.

She was born Aug. 27, 1924, in Nashville, Ill., the daughter of David and Agnes Williamson. She grew up in Rock Falls and lived there until 1969. 

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Taylor Bohm of Tavares; sister, Wanda Sutton; sister-in-law, Carol Williamson; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Bates of Sterling; her parents; and her brothers, Leo and Lloyd Williamson of Rock Falls. 

The memorial service will be at a later date at Bridges Covenant Church in Tavares, Fla. Inurnment will be at a later date at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla. Steverson, Hamlin & Hilbish Funerals and Cremations in Tavares, Fla., is handling arrangements. 

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