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Bates (AP)
dorothy m. bates

Posted on July 17, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

May 24, 1927 - July 4, 2013

VANDALIA, Mich. — Dorothy M. Bates, 86, of Vandalia, and formerly of Coldwater, Mich., passed away July 4, 2013, at Lakeland Dialysis in Niles.

No services will be held at this time. A private graveside service will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Coldwater at a later date.

Arrangements are being cared for by Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater.

Dorothy was born May 24, 1927, in Coldwater to H. Ada Newman, but was raised by her grandparents, William and Rosie Newman.

She was a Coldwater High School graduate, moving to Vandalia in the late 1960s. Dorothy worked for Selmer’s Music in Elkhart, Ind., for many years.

She married Delbert Bates on March 15, 1969, in Niles. He preceded her in death on April 25, 2010.

Dorothy is survived by her son Jerry (Sharon) Tucker of Elkhart; her stepsons Delbert “John” Bates of Cassopolis, Bill Bates of Elkhart and David (Sharon) Bates of Coldwater; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be directed to the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be shared at www.dutcherfh.com.