Karen L. Bates

Karen L. Bates, 66, of Ellwood City, passed away on Wednesday morning, August 19, 2009, in the ICU of the Heritage Valley Beaver Medical Center, Brighton Township, after a brief illness.

She was born in Salem, OH, on September 20, 1942, to the late Harry Herman Frumen, who died December 19, 1983, and the late Marie P. Mansfield Frumen, who died April 15, 1997.

She married Donald E. Bates on February 6, 1970. She graduated from Beaver Falls High School in the class of 1960, and also graduated Summa Cum Laude from Butler County Community College in 1992. She worked in customer service in many different fields.

Karen was a member of Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church and also attended St. Cloud Presbyterian Church while wintering in Florida. She loved dancing and was a member of the Ellwood City Saxon Club, the Butler Two-Steppers Dance Group, the Melody Lane Dance Group, and the St. Cloud Senior Center Dance Group in Florida. She also loved riding her motorcycle and considered herself to be "solar-powered," enjoying time spent in the sun and on the beach.

She is survived by her husband, Donald E. Bates, and by two daughters, Leslie Ann (and Jay C., Jr.) Carothers and Jennifer Bates (and Bruce Alan) Scott, both of Beaver Falls. Two grandchildren, Paige and Brody Scott, of Beaver Falls, also survive. Karen is also survived by her "grand-dogs," Cody and Max.

One brother and three sisters also survive her William (and Karen) Frumen, of Point Pleasant, NJ; Christine Frumen, of Long Beach, CA; Vicky Terwilliger, of East Palestine, OH, and Kim (and Bryan) Carrick, of Lake Helen, FL. Her father-in-law, John Bates, of Mercer, also survives.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Eleanor Bates, and by her brother-in-law, Donald Terwilliger.

Friends will be received from 3 to 9 p.m. on Friday, August 21, 2009 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 22, 2009 at TURNER'S with Rev. Pam Maloney, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Sharon, officiating.

Private interment will follow in Glenview Cemetery in East Palestine, OH.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Karen's name, to the donor's favorite library.

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