Geraldine Bates Neidigh, 93, of Niles

Published 9:06am Wednesday, October 16, 2013

March 9, 1920 — Oct. 12, 2013

Geraldine Bates Neidigh, 93, of Niles, died at home on October 12, 2013.

She was born March 9, 1920, in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of David F. and Marie (Fitzgerald) Bates.  She graduated from Knoxville High School in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1938 and married Rodger V. Neidigh on September 17, 1944.  She spent most of her life in the Knoxville area and moved to Michigan in 2005 to be with her daughter.

Geraldine’s life was filled with caring acts for others, both in Tennessee and Michigan.  She is famous for her chocolate chip cookies and her ring-a-ling pastries.  She was very active in the Knoxville First Seventh-day Adventist Church as Vacation Bible School leader, children’s Sabbath School leader, and church treasurer.  She knew her Lord and Savior personally and now rests in His love.

Her parents, brother James, and husband Rodger have preceded her in death.  She is survived by her daughter, Carol Neidigh Williams of Niles; her grandsons, Michael Williams of Oceanside, California, and Bryan Williams of Parker, Colorado; and her great-granddaughter, Charlie Williams of Oceanside.

Geraldine’s service will be at 7 p.m. Friday, October 18, at the Niles Westside Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1105 Grant Street, where friends may visit with the family beginning at 6 p.m.  Memorial donations may be made to the Niles Adventist School Building Fund, 1105 Grant Street, Niles, MI  49120; or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Allred Funeral Home, Berrien Springs, is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online messages may be left at

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