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Diann Marie Bates

July 29, 1947 — February 6, 2024


Diann M Bates, age 74, passed peacefully in her sleep on February 6, 2024. She was the wife of Carl Bates. They shared 52 years of marriage. Born in Forest Lake, MN. She was the daughter of William O. Pigman and Evelyn Flora (Guertin) Pigman.

She graduated from White Bear High School and became a Certified Nursing Assistant. She worked at several locations including Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Crosby, MN. Diann also received credits towards a medical transcriber degree. Diann was a member of the Patriot Guard for many years. She was a 22-year member of the Deerwood and Aitkin Lions Clubs; She was a National Weather Service Skywarn observer; a blood donor and helped raise monies for local college scholarships. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, reading, puzzles, and board games.

She is survived by her husband Carl Bates; their two daughters: Toya (Ryan) Fish of Zimmerman, MN, and Tracy (Victor) Bell of Anoka, MN; loved all seven of her grandchildren; and three brothers. She is predeceased by: both of her parents; three brothers (Gary, Ronnie, and Greg), and both of her sisters (Sandra and Violet).

The Celebration of Life service will be held on April 6th at 11am with a visitation starting one hour prior at the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel 7348 Excelsior Road, Baxter, MN 56425.


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