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Kathryn G. Bates

Kathryn G. Bates

Kathryn “Kitty” Bates was called home on May 5th, 2021. She was born on July 26th, 1927, in Fort Worth, TX to Kate Adair and Clarence Bateman. Kathryn spent most of her life in Texas.  Kathryn and her husband Bob spent many years teaching Sunday School, sponsoring children's activities, and chaperoning youth choir tours for the First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas.

Later in life, Kathryn moved to Menomonie to be near her daughter and family where she became very involved in her new community. She dedicated her time to the betterment of those around her by volunteering at the Red Cedar Medical Center, Mabel Tainter Theater, Meals on Wheels, and the Very Special Arts Choir. Kathryn was also a faithful member of the Alliance Church in Menomonie. Kathryn supported local athletics and community events, seldom missing Tuesday night band concerts, or home football and basketball games. Kathryn was also involved in many activities at the Senior Center.  

Kathryn is preceded in death by her husband, Bob Bates; sister, Velma Rae Craft; daughter, Debbie Green; step-daughter, Carol Ann Bates.

Kathryn is survived by her son, Dee David Daniel; step-daughter, Cathy Walkinshaw (John); grandchildren, Paul Simpson, Mae Simpson (Zac Rubenzer), Jill Crownover (Jeff), Jeff Walkinshaw (Sarah), Jennifer Kriegel (Kyle); great-grandchildren, Emory, Drew, Elliott, James, Kade, Hannah, Annalynn, Eve; and many other beloved family members and friends. 

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday May 14, 2021 at Alliance Church, 502 21st St NE, Menomonie. A reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Stepping Stones of Dunn County. 

To help protect the safety of all attending the service, face masks are encouraged.


  1. Beverly Bathke

    I remember Kathryn when I and my family were attending Menomonie alliance church. She was such a wonderful lady.and caring , she would always remember your birthday and would give you a card. Our thoughts and prayers and our sincere condolences to the entire family. I will miss her very much. She's finally at her eternal home. God bless you Kathryn..

  2. Jo Ann. G. Otto

    Kathryn Bates will be missed by all. She loved to give hugs and always had a big smile for everyone. ALWAYS willing to be of help to anyone who needed it. Chatting on the phone was always fun. Kathryn was proud of her Southern heritage. I think of her walking and talking with Jesus. Just where she wants to be.

  3. Heather Jerrie

    Kathryn was such a gentle soul, and always ready with a smile and a helping hand. We will miss her!

  4. Sarah Morgan

    Kathryn was a wonderful wonderful woman. She is to watch my children when they were babies. I loved her company and the conversations that we would have. Condolences on her passing.

  5. Pinckney and Susan Hall

    Kathryn always offered a warm greeting and cheerful word and was such a supportive presence in Menomonie. Our condolences to Mae, Paul and the
    whole family.

  6. Jan Ecklor

    Kathryn was my church mama and she called me her daughter. Menomonie was so blessed to have her and she will be greatly missed! ????

  7. Kathy Johansen

    Kathryn was always so loved by many children. We have not been at the Alliance church for many years, now, but have very fond memories of her and her beautiful smile. Our condolences to you. Glenn and Kathy Johansen

  8. Brian Gabriel

    Kathryn always sent out birthday cards which were always appreciated. Our deepest sympathy. Brian and Norma Gabriel

  9. Ellen Sabelko

    Sending heartfelt sympathy to the entire Kathryn Bates family, and especially to two of her grandchildren Mae and Paul.

  10. Roger Brostrom

    Kitty had a testimony every day that the Lord was real in her life every day Heaven gains another worker for the Grace of God. Enjoy NOW the fruit you have asked God for

  11. David & Denise Horst

    We are sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was a dear friend who was thoughtful and very special to many people. She will be greatly missed!

  12. Darlene Britton

    Our friendship began several years ago, meeting at the Senior Center, we both loved to play cards, had a great time. Also volunteering at the hospital where I was employed, this special little lady will be missed by many , memories will last forever. Sympathy to the family. RIP Kathryn.

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