Virginia Mae Rieder, 63, daughter of Virgil and Mary Thompson Bates, was born May 22, 1940, at Licking. She died Jan. 1, 2004. Mrs. Reider was a med tech for the Residential Care Center at Union for several years. She loved being with the elderly and caring for them. She also worked for the Washington School District for several years. She enjoyed fishing and camping, working with flowers and ceramics, her family and church family. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Chuck and Ed Bates. Surviving are her husband, Bill, of the home; seven children, Deborah Rathgeber of Rolla, Monica Perez of Memphis, Tenn., Reginia Neal and Anthony Kidd of Hermann, Ricky Kidd of Minneapolis, Kan., Patty Graen of Killeen, Texas, and Richard Kidd of Licking; three sisters, Edna Smith, Louise Walker and Marie York; five brothers, Bob Bates, Wayne Bates, Dean Bates, Gary Bates and Ray Bates; 20 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Services were Jan. 5 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with Bruce Allen and Billy Walker officiating, Burial was in the Ellis Prairie Cemetery. “

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