- Ada, Oklahoma

July 18, 2013

LaVerne Bates

The Ada News

Ada —

Services for LaVerne Ruth Bates, 84, of Ada are at 10 a.m. Saturday at Oak Avenue Baptist Church, with the Rev. Ray Talbott officiating. Burial follows at Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Criswell Funeral Home.

Mrs. Bates died Sunday, July 14, 2013, in a Dallas, Texas, hospital. She was born in Ada June 13, 1929, to Augustus G. Gaar Sr. and Gladys Faye Griffith Gaar.

She graduated from Horace Mann High School and attended East Central University, the University of Oklahoma in Norman and Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.

She married Charles Thomas Bates Jr. on June 20, 1948. He died Sept. 20, 2006. 

Mrs. Bates was a homemaker and a longtime member of Oak Avenue Baptist Church. She was also a member of College Heights Baptist Church in Manhattan, Kan., where she lived for 28 years. Mrs. Bates was an active member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood for more than 60 years and a charter member of G.U. chapter of Manhattan. She was a former president of Christian Women’s Club at Kansas State University.

Survivors include two sons, Dennis C. Bates, Amesbury, Mass., and Byron T. Bates, Southlake, Texas; one grandchild, Brandon C. Bates, Southlake, Texas; one brother, Augustus G. Gaar Jr., Stratford; three nephews, Ashley Gaar, Stratford, Kenneth Gaar, Texas, and Keith Gaar, Texas; two nieces, Dr. Kathy Gaar, Florida, and Dr. Karla Gaar, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles T. Bates Jr.; one brother, Dr. Basil Gaar; and one sister, Iris Faye Gaar,

Bearers are David Bradley, David Eidson, Hob Robinson, Billy Young, Chris Geisler and Mike Tuley.

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Criswell Funeral Home, Ada