She was a 1952 graduate of Hamburg High School and one of the first female rural postal carriers in Crossett, retiring 1988 after 25 years. She was a member of the Eastern Star for many years and a charter member of the “Pot Pourri Club”, which she helped name in the 1950s. She loved working on all hand crafts, but quilting was her passion.
Mrs. Bates was preceded in death by her parents, Wesley Denton Hill and Cellester Bolin Hill; one sister, Rachel LaVeda Kennedy; and two brothers, Randolph Hill and Ishmael Hill.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Richard “Dickie” Bates; two daughters, Sereta Sims and Marolyn Bates; one half-brother, Bob Broomfield; three grandchildren, Richard Sims, Katie Davis, and Cecelia Oehlerich; and three great-grandchildren, Thatcher, Kaden, and Hudson all of Crossett; along with a host of nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held on Sunday, January 28, at 2 p.m. at Zion Methodist Church Cemetery, Ashley Rd 485, Milo, Arkansas.
Visitation will be held on Saturday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Medders Funeral Home, 1564 Hwy 52 W, in North Crossett.