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Anne Bates Coulter

April 10, 1942 — April 11, 2022

Anne Bates Coulter

April 10, 1942 — April 11, 2022

Our beloved mother, Anne Bates Coulter passed away peacefully in her sleep on April 11, 2022, with her family by her side. She was born in Washington D.C. on April 10,1942. Her parents were George Bates and Virginia (Blanck) Bates. She spent her early years in Bethesda, Maryland with her three siblings- her older brother Frederick and two younger sisters Betsy and Virginia. The family moved to Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania in 1943 where their father took a job with H.J. Heinz as an accountant. They spent several happy years in Mount Lebanon, PA before they moved to Chicago, eventually landing in Wilmette, IL after her father George died of a heart attack in 1953.

All of the Bates children attended New Trier High School. Anne graduated in the class of 1960. She then went on to college at the University of Illinois at Champaign.

In 1963, Anne met her former husband Jack Coulter in a laundry mat in Chicago; they married seven months later. From there, they moved to Peoria, IL for Jack to pursue a career in the Insurance industry. Jack and Anne were active in their community in Peoria and were called to be foster parents to many children. They eventually grew their permanent family which included their four adoring daughters – Dawn, Cynthia, Ann Marie and Deb. In 1975, Jack and Anne decided to move the family to Minneapolis, MN where career and educational opportunities, as well as old friends were bountiful.

In Minneapolis, Anne continued her accounting career at Northrup King, TCF Bank and finally starting her own consulting business in the late 1980's. Anne moved to California in 2008, first to Huntington Beach, and resided in Monrovia, CA in her final years.

What a truly amazing life she lived. She travelled the world frequently and loved nothing more than her travel adventures. She lived her life to the fullest and loved fiercely. She was a tireless advocate for those who needed to be heard or needed help and was a constant voice against injustice. Our Mom was the first feminist that we knew, and we learned from her what it means to be a strong woman. Anne was devoted to progressive organizations, including being an active participant in the Women's March in Los Angeles. (Pulling her oxygen canister behind her the whole way.) She supported many democratic candidates and was elated when President Obama was elected. She also volunteered for Al Franken's campaign in MN, proudly introducing herself to the Senator as "Hi, I'm Anne Coulter. No, not that one. I'm the good Anne Coulter."

Anne is survived by her brother, Fred Bates (Ellen Benjamin) sisters Betsy King (Larry O'Rourke) Virginia Nelson (Ron) and her daughters Dawn Johnson (Ed Frenette), Cynthia Coulter Mulvihill (Charles Nestle), Ann Marie Coulter, and Deborah Coulter-Bueide (John Bueide) as well as her grandchildren Sarah Matrious, Coulter John Mulvihill, Caroline Marie Mulvihill, Addison Jane Coulter Bueide, Jack David Coulter Bueide and Great Grandchildren Isaiah Matrious, Jeremiah Matrious, Elijah Matrious, and Azavier Matrious. Anne also leaves many adored nieces and nephews sprinkled around the country.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her name to Whole Women's Health in MN, or Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
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