Shirley Ann Bates
August 29, 1942 - December 4, 2017
Shirley Ann Bates, 75, of Seneca, died early Monday morning, December 4, 2017, at her home, surrounded by her loving family while under the tender care of Hospice of Lenawee. She was born August 29, 1942, in Adrian, the daughter of Ruth E. Bice and Dexter E. Phillips. She was later adopted by her step-father Sherman Bays. Shirley lived her early life in the Sand Creek and Clayton communities, and has resided in Seneca for the past 45 years. She married the love of her life, Paul J. Bates, on June 22, 1963, in Hudson, and he survives.
After working at Fayette Tubular Products and Merillat Cabinets in Adrian, Shirley was employed as a receiving clerk at the Adrian Meijer store for 16 years, and she retired in 1998. She enjoyed motorcycle trips with her husband, reading, and crocheting. Her family and friends were the center of her life. They, along with her two beloved dachshund companions, Sophie and Gretchen, brought her the greatest joy.
In addition to her husband of 54 years, Paul, she is survived by her children, Ronald (Robin) Bates of Manitou Beach, MI, Danielle Mills of Morenci, and Neil (Jennifer) Bates of Ft. Myers, FL; three brothers, Rick (Rose) Bays of Waldron, MI, Rock (Irene) Bays of Morenci, and Rex (Judy) Bays of Palmyra, MI; two sisters, Wanda (Don) Boies of and Linda McCoy both of Hudson; four grandchildren, Eric (Aarika) Bates, Brandi (Sean) Klein, Hailey Miller and Regan Miller; and a great-grandson, Phoenix Bates.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Jean Werner.
At Shirley’s request, cremation will take place. A memorial service to remember her life will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at the Eagle Funeral Home in Morenci with Rev. Bill VanValkenburg officiating. The family will receive friends for a visitation for two hours preceding the service at the funeral home, beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Shirley will be laid to rest in the Butler Cemetery in Chesterfield Township, OH.
Memorial contributions in honor of Shirley can be designated to Hospice of Lenawee or to a charity of the donor’s choice.