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Verna Diann Bates, 70, of Mount Holly, passed away, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, at the John R. Williamson Hospice House. She was born June 23, 1947, to W.D. and Ernestine Dedman Broach in Ramsey.

She was Certified Nurses Aid with Union County Home Health and was a member of the Mounty Holly Community Church. Diann enjoyed fishing, but most of all she loved spending time with her family.

Preceding her in death are her parents; husband, Bobby Joe Bates; and sister, Dana Elaine Broach Smith.

Survivors include her son, Joe T. Bates (Lyn) of Mount Holly; daughter, Melissa D. English (Carolyn) of Hooks, Texas; sisters, Dee Broach Bethea, Delby Jo Broach Schlafman (Ralph); brother, Don Broach (Gladys); grandsons, Richard Cross, Justin Raines; granddaughters, Lacy Bates, Lindy Bates; and six great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at Young’s Funeral Directors.

Memorials may be made to the John R. Williamson Hospice House, 2301 Champagnolle Rd., El Dorado, AR 71730.

An online guest registry will be available at

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