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Dorothy Dell Bates Gillett


Last updated 7/17/2008 at Noon

Dorothy Dell Bates Gillett

Dorothy Dell Bates Gillett was born May 2, 1920, on a farm in rural Iowa to Eland Bates and Myrtle Garner Bates. She passed away peacefully on July 13, 2008, at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, CA.

The second daughter, Dorothy grew up one of eight children on an active farm learning to garden, cook for a large family as well as the harvest crew, preserve and can, help with the farm chores and care for young children.

She had diligently saved her money and lost most of it when the banks closed in 1929, an experience which had a strong influence on her life and later decisions.


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