Joyce Ann Bates
Joyce Ann Bates, 62, of Olathe, Kansas passed away peacefully at Olathe Hospice House with her loving daughter by her bedside on Wednesday , March 20, 2019. She was born on August 1, 1956 in Quincy, Illinois to Wilbur Milo Schwedes and Virginia Lee Bessling Schwedes. Joyce graduated from MacArthur High School, Hollywood, Florida. She worked in the trucking industry for most of her career, working for Carolina Freight Carriers, Palm Express, New Penn Motor Express, and Dayton Freight Lines. Joyce truly enjoyed spending time with her friends, family and beloved dogs. She can be remembered for her love of holidays and her passion for decorating. Her favorite places to visit were the south Florida beaches and spending time in the sun. She is survived by her son, Eric Ray Schwedes, of Pembroke Pines, Florida and her daughter Shayla LeeAnn Bates of Olathe, Kansas as well as several cousins, a niece and a nephew. She is preceded in death by her parents Wilbur and Virginia Schwedes, a brother Dale Schwedes, and her son David John Bates, Jr. She will remembered for her infectious laugh and wonderful smile.
Family, friends and others whose lives Joyce has touched are invited to reminisce, grieve and remember her at a celebration of life gathering at Hilton Garden Inn, 12080 South Strang Line Road, Olathe, Kansas 66062, drop in from 2pm through 5 pm, Sunday, April 14th, 2019.
In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions to be made to Olathe Hospice House at olathehealth.org/donate.