On August 30 my Mom passed away. In the days to come I will likely post some of my thoughts and memories concerning her. For now, I post the text of the obituary which my family wrote for her, and which appeared in the McMinnville News-Register today.Lillian Bates Woods was born in Long Beach, California, to Everett Carlton Bates and Edith Hooker Utter on August 8, 1925. She passed away on August 30, 2010, at the age of 85.
Lillian graduated from Biola Bible College in 1949. She married Kenneth Raymon Woods on May 5, 1956. They moved to Oregon in 1971. Lillian and Ken lived in Lafayette for the last 20 years.
She is remembered for her loving, sweet personality, wonderful humor and love for children and grandchildren, her own and others. She loved music, children, teddy bears and so many other things.
She was a preschool teacher most of her working career and taught Sunday School, VBS, Children’s Church and was a counselor at Camp O’ongo in California. Her favorite saying was “Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do, but if you do have a good time.” She made sure everyone got “huggies”, whether she knew them or not.
Lillian was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth in 2007; and her brother, Carl Bates in 1984.
She is survived by her children, Pam Steimonts, Jeff Woods, Scott and Val Woods, and Glen Woods; five grandchildren, Kailey, Meghan, Trevor, Zachary and Jeci; one great-grandchild on the way; and her beloved pets, Lucy and Sandy.
She will be buried at Willamette National Cemetery with her beloved husband, Kenneth “Daddy Dolls.” A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, September 4, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. at Lafayette Community Church.
Memorial contributions may be given to Lafayette Community Church for children’s ministries.