July 14, 2014
Laurie E. (Livingston) Bates, age 50, of Lake Road, Galway, passed away peacefully Monday, July 14 at St. Peter's Hospice Inn with her husband at her side.
Laurie was born April 11, 1964, the seventh child of Robert Livingston and Mildred (Provost) Livingston, both of whom have predeceased her. She was the fifth daughter born to a family of 10 children, raised in Sloansville, NY and graduated from Schoharie Central School Class of 1982.
Laurie had an adventurous spirit and willingly relocated many times over the years, both in the Capital District and beyond.
She and her husband, Warren lived and worked in several states, including Florida, North Carolina, Virginia and Pennsylvania. After returning to their home in Galway, Laurie decided to enter the LPN program at Fulton Montgomery Community College, graduating with top academic honors in the class of 2013.
Laurie loved to learn and took her adult college career with seriousness and determination. At the time of her death, she had begun RN studies. She enjoyed reading, tending to her home, straw bale gardening, family, flowers and all living things. Many of her favorite hours were spent with dirty hands at the Milburt Farm & Greenhouse in Galway with the Tilison family.
She was a great cook, with a kind heart and a welcoming table. Laurie most recently was employed with the Milburt's, Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa as well as Fulton County Residential Healthcare.
She is survived by her husband of 12 years, Warren Bates of Galway; her son, Robert James Paul Alexander of Esperance; grandson, James Robert Alexander of Gallupville, NY; three sisters, Carole Livingston of Esperance, NY, Margaret Peggy (Jeffrey) Wands of Galway, NY and Ann (Clifford) Hay of Cobleskill, NY; three brothers, William (Tina) Livingston of Central Bridge, NY, Michael (Kelly) Livingston of Sloansville, NY and Matthew (Stephanie) Livingston of Cobleskill, NY; as well as her beloved dog, Gus.
Laurie was predeceased by siblings, Susan, Robert and Deborah.
mor and caring ways enabled her to have a large extended family of friends. She touched the lives and hearts of all who knew her and she will be greatly missed.
At Laurie's request, there has been no formal service. An open house and celebration of her life was held privately at her home in Galway, NY.
Memorial contributions in Laurie's honor may be made to St. Peter's Hospice Inn. The family would like to thank the staff at Albany Medical Center and St. Peter's Hospice Inn for their kind care to Laurie, Warren and family.