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Arlene Bates, 92 - April 04, 2016

Arlene Ruth Bates, 92, of Gothenburg passed away Monday, April 4, 2016, at Stone Hearth Estates in Gothenburg.
Services were conducted at the First United Methodist Church on Friday, April 8, at 10 a.m. Interment was at the Gothenburg Cemetery.
A visitation took take place at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg on Thursday, April 7, from 1 to 8 p.m. with family members present from 6 to 8 p.m.
Bates was born Dec. 3, 1923, at Gothenburg, daughter of Peter and Nellie (Young) Peterson.
She grew up in the Gothenburg area. After her high school graduation, she taught at a rural school in the New Hope area.
She married James Bates at Paris, OH, on July 10, 1945. To this union, three children were born.
Bates and her family were a busy farm family. She was also involved with the American Legion, Elks, the Methodist Church, PVC and Does.
She enjoyed playing bridge, growing flowers, traveling, dancing and painting, according to family members. She had fond memories of her travels to Guam, making four trips in five years to visit her daughter and family.
?Bates was preceded in death by: her husband, James C. Bates; her father, Peter Peterson; mother, Nellie Peterson; three brothers—Raymond Peterson, Lloyd Peterson and Glen Peterson; two sisters—Bernice Jorgenson and Yvonne France; a son-in-law, Bob Kelly; an infant great-grandchild.
?Survivors include: her sons—Chauncey (Rosie) Bates of Gothenburg and William (Jill) Bates of Neligh; her daughter, Nanette Bates of Gothenburg; a sister, Lavonne Peterson; five grandchildren—Kevin Bates, Karina Kelly and Jordan Bates, all of Lincoln, Jill (Travis) Sheffield of Omaha and Sarah (Joe) Brownell of Eau Claire, WI; two great-grandchildren—Sophia Napoli and Chauncey Sheffield; two sisters-in-law—Earline Bates and Katherine Tarbet; numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to the United Methodist Church, the Gothenburg Honor Guard and the Gothenburg Historical Museum.