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Christine Claire Bates

1959 - 2021


Christine Claire Bates, 61 years of age, and a resident of Elyria, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, February 13, 2021, in Elyria, while surrounded by her loving family.

Chris was born July 28, 1959 ,in Amherst to the late Robert and Maxine Bates (nee: Garthe). She graduated from Amherst High School with the class of 1979.  With the exception of a brief time spent in Florida, Elyria has been Chris’s home till her passing


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brad j hazen

February 21, 2021 1:15 AM

may god be with you

Tanesha Jackson

February 19, 2021 11:45 AM

What can I say. I’m sorry I won’t be there to see you begin your journey in heaven but just know that u will be forever missed in earth. To the family you have our blessings . We love u guys

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Patti Barr

February 18, 2021 4:19 PM

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Carol Vondruska

February 18, 2021 2:08 PM

To the Bates Family:

Chris and I sang together in LCCC Civic Chorale for many years. We sat close to each other and became friends. She had a beautiful voice and great music skills. I have missed her and I was delighted when she was able to return for the short time in the fall of 2019. She leaves a hole in the choir.

I was a teacher and Chris was a bus driver. We would trade stories and understood the problems. Chris loved kids, her own, the foster kids she cared for, and the students on her bus. She had many pictures to share and lots of pride in accomplishments.

I know the past years have been a struggle for Chris. I was amazed by the treatments she endured and the ups and downs she experienced. May she find peace and joy.

My husband's surgery on Friday will prevent me from expressing my condolences in person. I send my sympathy, prayers and hugs to all of you.

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February 18, 2021 1:44 PM

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