Denise Bates Enos, 52, passed away August 11th. A woman of incredible intelligence and compassion, she will be missed deeply by all who knew her. Denise was born in 1961 in Aurora, CO, the daughter of Dr. John Bates and Dixie Lee Bates. As Dr. Bates was in the Air Force, Denise traveled a good bit in her earlier years with the family settling in Ft. Walton Beach when Dr. Bates was transferred to Eglin Air Force Base. She graduated from Choctawhatchee High School in 1979, and Florida State University in 1982, with both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in English. A freelance writer, her work has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers. She had also just finished her first novel, and was in the process of looking for a publisher. Her excellent editing services were often in demand by several publications.
Denise is survived by her children, John Marshall Katheder and Charlotte Katheder, as well as her husband Jeff, her father Dr. Bates, and her brother John Bates.
Denise was a member of Holy Family Parish, and a woman of deep Catholic Faith. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Orlando branch of the St. Martin de Porres Catholic Charity. A memorial mass will be scheduled at a later time.