Mary B. Bates

Mary B. Bates, 92, of Richmond, died Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at Shirkey Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Richmond.

Mary was born April 22, 1925, in Russellville, to Thomas Albert and Pearl (Farley) Robeson. She married Donald Lee Bates, of Kansas City, Mo., on Feb. 22, 1946. He preceded her in death Oct. 4, 1983.

Survivors include: several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mary was preceded in death by one sister, LaRue Clemens.

Mary was a graduate of Rockingham High School. She was a homemaker. She was of the Methodist faith. She lived in the Richmond area most of her life. Mary sewed beautiful quilts and needlepoint.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the donor’s choice.

Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 12, at Thurman Funeral Home, Richmond. Burial will take place in Richmond Memory Gardens Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at

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