Beulah Belle Bates, age 98 of New Haven, IL died peacefully on Saturday, December 20, 2014 in the Wabash General Hospital in Mt. Carmel, IL. Beulah was born in New Haven on October 7, 1916 to the late Athol and Emma (Bell) Grant. On December 31, 1916 she married the love of her life, G.W. ""Web"" Bates who preceded her in death in 1982. Beulah was a member of the Presbyterian Church in New Haven and was New Haven's oldest resident. Over the years she was also a member of the New Haven Legion Women's Auxillary, and Home Extension Unit. Beulah loved to Cook, Play Cards but mostly loved to be around her family and friends. She was a true lady and always had a kind word and a smile for you. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend and will be missed.
Beulah is survived by 2 daughters, Kaye (Pat) Drone of Ridgway and Karen (Ron) Drone of Mt. Carmel. She is also survived by 2 brothers, June (Gwen) Grant of Collinsville, IL and Junior Grant of Fairview Heights, IL. 12 Grandchildren, T.A. (Kim) Drone, Donna (John) Denny, Patrick (Lisa) Drone, Tammy (Stephen) Loehr, Ed Drone, Robin (Tracy) Johnson, Todd (Dawn) Drone, Holly (Craig) Halbig, Michelle LeDuff, Bonnie (Josh) Keepes, Luke Drone and Lindsey Drone. 22 Great Grandchildren,Wesley,Tyler, Matthew, Emily, Noah and Elizabeth Drone, Dana & Deanna Denny, Nicholas Loehr, Addison, Kassidy, Kenley and Keely Drone, Logan, Ryan, and Rachael Johnson, Katie and Clayton Halbig, Cannon and Caylee LeDuff, Lyla and Jack Keepes and 7 Great Great Grandchildren, Landon, Braden, Preston, Jonah and Nolan Drone, Konner and Zackory Randolph. She was preceded in death by 3 sisters, Dorothy Aud, Renelda Friemiller, and Bernadee Renshaw and a brother Bill Grant.
Visitation for Beulah will be on Monday, December 22, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in New Haven. Her funeral will immediately follow starting at 1:00 PM at the funeral home. Rev. Ken Burns will officiate and interment will follow at the Union Ridge Cemetery near New Haven.
In lieu of flowers you can make donations to the New Haven Presbyterian Church. You may leave a note of comfort to the family at www.coxandson.com