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Marian Cartwright-Bates
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A memorial service was held Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on Claus Road for Marian Eliner Fingerle-Cartwright-Bates, 88, of Modesto. The former Ceres resident died Dec. 22, 2011 after a battle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Born Jan. 20, 1923 in Modesto, Marian excelled at vocal and instrumental music singing in choirs; later professionally during World War II. Performances spanned from piano to dance augmented by her runway modeling career in San Francisco for major design and fashion houses during the war. After the war Marian returned to Modesto where she met Bud Cartwright and together they raised two children on a small farm in Ceres. Mrs. Cartwright-Bates was a claims representative for Social Security. She co-owned two businesses including F & M Nursery Supplies. When Bud passed in 1979, Marian married one of their customers, Earl Bates, and together they expanded Bates Nursery. Mrs. Cartwright-Bates enjoyed playing tennis, golfing, horseback riding and hiking. She was a member of Jehovah's Witnesses for more than 61 years.

She leaves behind her daughter and brother, Forest Fingerle of Fremont. She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Pearl Fingerle son, Gary, and husbands Bud Cartwright and Earl Bates.

Remembrances may be sent to Watchtower, 25 Columbia Heights, Brooklyn, NY 11201-2483; or to Community Hospice.

-Ceres Courier/ January 4, 2012