Obituary Shirley Ann Bates
Shirley was born August 31, 1937 in Hughes, Oklahoma to Rufus and Edith Mae Jones Nix. Shirley was the third of nine children. She died January 10, 2022 in Bethany, Oklahoma. Shirley married Thadous Dail Bates on August 14, 1953. They were married for over 66 years and had two sons, Jerry Dail and Ronnie Edward Bates.
Shirley retired from AMC department store in 1986 after 25 years. She managed the toy department. She survived multiple by-pass surgeries and a cerebral hemorrhage. After retirement, she devoted her time to caring for her mother until she passed in 2004, and anything and for everything her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She sewed, quilted, crochet, and made crafts for years to give away. She would enter her quilts in the County and State Fairs and win placements most years.
Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, parents, mother-in-law Ella Francis Kirkes Webb Bates, sisters Geraldine Fowler, Jackie Othaline “Sissy” Hudlow, Alice Luna, and Connie Stafford, and brothers Bobby Dale, Terry Lee, and Jay Nix.
Shirley is survived by her two sons, four grandchildren, Francie Bates, Jeremy Bates, Sierra Campbell, and her brother David Nix. Mariah Warner, and three great-grandchildren, Zaine Bates, Jasen Bates, and Belladonna Warner. A fourth great-grandchild is due in May, Baker Ley Campbell.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Heart Association, or any other non-profit that assists children.
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