Claudia L Bates, 86, Kansas City, MO, passed away September 30, 2010 at Cameron Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The funeral services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers contributions are suggested to the Parkville Animal Shelter P.O. Box 29121, Parkville, MO 64152.
Claudia was born on November 6, 1923 in Sioux City, IA the only daughter of Fred and Leonora Suter. She met her husband Bob at North Kansas City High School in 1939. They attended the University of Missouri together. They were married on April 9, 1944. Following World War II they settled in Little Village in Kansas City North. In addition to being a loving wife, mother and grandmother, Claudia loved caring for stray animals.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Bates; daughter Sue (Craig) Lowder; sons, Jeff (Susan) Bates, Greg (Karen) Bates, and Tom (Helena) Bates; 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.