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Mary Bates, 71, of El Dorado, passed away, Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at the Medical Center of South Arkan-sas. She was born January 1, 1947, to Homer and Verna Fitzgerald Jones in Ville Platte, Lousiana.

She was a member of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church and was a homemaker.

Preceding her in death are her parents; stepfather, Wiley Meggs and sister, Janis Theis.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Jerry Bates; three sons, Eric Bates (Lisa), Kevin Ross (Margaret) all of El Dorado and Scott Bates (Brenda) of Smackover; sister, Wanda Walker (Mark) of Gainesville, Georgia; ten grandchildren; twenty-two great grandchildren; three great grandchildren; special friends, Otto Dwire and Carolyn West, Cindy and Andy Guinn; best friend, Muttley; and a host of nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 3, 2018, at Old Parkers Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors.

Memorials may be made to the Union County Animal Protection Society, 1000 Sunset Rd., El Dorado, AR 71730.

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