Catherine Bates Jeans Gibbs, 92, of Menifee, California died after a lengthy illness. Catherine, affectionately called Cookie or Cat by her family and friends, was born in Atlantic City, NJ to Edward N. Bates and Lavinia Everett Bates on January 26, 1929. The youngest of five children, Catherine attended the local public schools where she formed some of her closest and most enduring friendships. She graduated from Atlantic City High School. Catherine left New Jersey after graduation. She settled in Washington, D.C. where she resided for most of her adult life. She later moved to California where she lived with her son and his wife until her death.
Catherine was predeceased by her parents, her husbands, Carl Jeans and William Gibbs, her sister Edythe Hendricks, her twin brothers Leslie V. Bates and Edward S. Bates, her son Carl Jeans, Jr. and her daughter Constance Jeans-Smith.
Catherine leaves to mourn her loss her beloved son Carlton E. Jeans (wife Melanie) of California, her grandson Cortney Jeans of D.C., her brother John E. Bates of Hawaii, her great-grandchildren, as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, and many dear friends.
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