She was born December 17, 1919, in Barton, Kansas the daughter of Ray and Edna Becker Smith.
She graduated from Great Bend High School in 1938. A longtime resident of South Hutchinson she retired as a secretary from Master Machines.
She was a member of South Hutchinson Christian Church.
On May 19, 1940, she married Kenneth McNees in St. John. He died September 19, 1945. On April 4, 1952, she married Clyde Fred Bateman in St. John, Kansas. He died June 3, 1983.
Other survivors include: a daughter, Veva Young and husband Paul of Burleson, Texas; two sons, Calvin Bateman and wife Nancy of Wichita, and Charles Bateman and wife Betty of South Hutchinson; two brothers, John Smith, and Eugene Smith; a sister, Carolyn Shultz; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth McNees, a daughter, Janice Alumbaugh, and two granddaughters, Tammy Lee Moore and Larissa Davis.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at South Hutchinson Christian Church with Minister Jeff Arnold presiding. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson. Burial will be in Eastside Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to Mennonite Manor, or South Hutchinson Christian Church, both in care of the mortuary.
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www.elliottmortuary.com, 26 May 2009