Nina Elizabeth Bates, 70, of Winter Garden, Florida, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, surrounded by her loving family.
Nina was born on Feb. 26, 1946, in Clermont, Florida, the daughter of the late Arnold “Slim” and Dolly (Partin) Ayers. She was a lifelong resident of Winter Garden. She was a very loving and nurturing mother and the primary caregiver for 27 years to her handicapped daughter, the late Teresa Donahey.
Nina loved her home, she enjoyed when her family was all together there. Home shopping was one of her favorite things to do. Her daughter Debra would like to share a quote to her mother:
Youth fades, love droops,
The leaves of friendship fail;
a Mother's secret hope outlives them all. - Oliver Wendell Holmes
Nina is survived by her daughter, Debra Bess and (Bert Valdes) of Winter Garden, Florida; two grandchildren, Elizabeth Roark of Winter Garden and Justin Bess of California; one great-granddaughter, Mya Bess of California; and one brother, Larry Ayers and (Edna) of Kissimmee, Florida. She was predeceased by her daughter, Teresa Donahey.
Nina’s funeral arrangements are in the caring guidance of Winter Oak Funeral Home, 1132 E. Plant St., Winter Garden, FL 34787.