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Wessie L. Bates Sept. 28, 1924 -- Dec. 16, 2005

Services for Wessie L. Bates, a retired home care aide, will be held at 11 a.m. today in Mount Zion Church of God Holiness, 32 Oak Grove Ave., after a wake at 10. Burial will be in St. Matthew's Cemetery, West Seneca.

Mrs. Bates died Friday of cancer in her Lackawanna home. She was 81.

Born in Lake City, S.C., the former Wessie Graham moved to Lackawanna with her family as a 1-year-old.

She was a home care aide for Friendship House and a volunteer for Catholic Charities. She was a senior companion from 1980 until September.

Mrs. Bates enjoyed traveling, especially in the Caribbean.

Survivors include a daughter, Denise Green of Buffalo; and four grandchildren.

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