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Dorothy E. Bates


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Dorothy E. Bates Obituary
Dorothy E. Bates, 91, of Cottage Grove, died Feb. 15, 2014, of age-related causes.
She was born on Nov. 7, 1922, in Lipan, Texas, to Dexter and LeRoy Ator and was the middle child in a family of nine children.
Dorothy was raised on a west Texas farm and married James (Jim) Bates on June 2, 1945, in Lipan. In the years following the war, she and Jim lived in Alamogordo, raising a family of five children. She began teaching school during the war and continued on, obtaining her teaching degree from New Mexico University in Las Cruces. Dorothy taught primary school in Alamogordo for over 20 years, always teaching second grade.
Her interests in life included her family and its history of which she could tell wonderful stories, reading, writing letters and playing word games with her children. She was very fond of Mexican food and enjoyed Torero's in Cottage Grove a great deal. She continued her teaching activities in retirement through her involvement in international Bible studies as part of her life-long Church of Christ affiliation.
Dorothy is survived by four of her five children: Kathleen MacGregor, of Cottage Grove; Ruth Bates, of Cottage Grove; Sandra Justice, of Weatherford, Texas; and Walter Bates, of Ruidoso. She is also survived by her last remaining brother, Roy Ator, of Lipan. In addition, she is survived by eight grandchildren, including Harmony MacGregor, of Cottage Grove, and seven great-grandchildren.
She is now where she considered to be her true home and was preceded there by her husband, Jim, and her son, James Bates.
A memorial service will be held on March 12 in Alamogordo at the Cuba Avenue Church of Christ.
Arrangements have been provided by Smith-Lund-Mills, of Cottage Grove, for her memorial to be included among those of her husband and son.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 25 to Mar. 24, 2014
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