Felice Bateman

Felice Bateman

URBANA – Felice Davidson Bateman, 90, of Urbana died at 3:45 p.m. Monday (Feb. 4, 2013) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at Renner-Wikoff Chapel and Crematory, Urbana. Burial will immediately follow at Roselawn Cemetery, Champaign.

Mrs. Bateman was born on Sept. 2, 1922, in Springfield, Mass., the daughter of Joshua and Minna Kohn Davidson.

Survivors include her daughter, Sarah (Sally) Bateman of Urbana; brother, David S. Davidson of Bethesda, Md.; a nephew and grandnieces. Her husband, Paul T. Bateman, predeceased her on Dec. 26, 2012.

Felice graduated from Smith College and received a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Michigan.

She married Paul T. Bateman in Detroit, Mich., on June 25, 1948. Before moving to Urbana in 1950, Felice taught at Douglas College. She retired from the faculty of the University of Illinois Mathematics Department in 1989.

Mrs. Bateman was a lover of classical music and a frequent season ticket holder of the Chicago Lyric Opera. During her husband's tenure as head of the Mathematics Department, she was a well-known hostess for faculty and their many national and international guests.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Paul T. Bateman Fellowship Fund, c/o the University of Illinois Foundation.

Condolences may be offered at www.renner-wikoffchapel.com.