Ruth Bates, 97, of Bradenton, died Monday, November 12, 2012. She was born October 9, 1915 in Buffalo, New York, and was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin. She is survived by her sons David (Jane) and Richard (Joyce), daughter Marianne (Frank) Eaton, sister-in-law June Bennett, and by 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 10–11 AM at Groover Funeral Home at Mansion Memorial Park in Ellenton, followed by the funeral service at 11:00. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Tidewell Hospice or an animal rescue program.