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Vivian Bates, 78, a native of Allegany, died Friday (Dec. 21, 1990) in Wrightsville Beach, N.C., after a lengthy illness.

The former Vivian Schultz attended Cornell University and graduated from Buffalo State College.

Mrs. Bates was a first cousin of writer Robert Ruark.

Survivors include her husband, C. Richard Bates of Wrightsville Beach; a son, John Michael of Wrightsville Beach; a stepson, Robert Allen of Silver Springs, Md., and a brother, Robert Grissom Schultz of Auburn, Ala.

A memorial service will be scheduled.

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