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Ruth A. Bates, 79

Ruth A. Bates, age 79, of Waconia, died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, at the Good Samaritan Center in Waconia.

She was born Aug. 2, 1932, in Lester Prairie, the daughter of Everett and Laila (Larson) Kuhlman. Ruth was baptized and confirmed at Bethel Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.

Ruth was united in marriage to Charles W. Bates Oct. 4, 1952, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.

A loving wife, mom and grandma, Ruth liked following politics and enjoyed a good debate. Socializing with her friends from all of the different cities she lived was very pleasing to her. After every conversation, she would end with, “I love you.”

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Everett and Laila Kuhlman.

She is survived by her loving family: husband Chuck; sons and daughters-in-law Michael and Nancy Bates of Lester Prairie, Tim and Laura Bates of Minnetonka, and Joe Bates of Minneapolis; grandchildren Lucas Bates, Anna Bates, and Evan Bates; sisters and brothers-in-law Lyn and Steve Hahn, Sandy and Bill Drew, all of Mayer; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Jack and Joan Bates of Duluth, Nancy and Harold Haugen of Roseville, and Danny and Gerie Bates of Willmar; as well as nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

A memorial service took place Saturday, Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Waconia, with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service at church.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.