Doris Bates Bradenton, FL Formerly of Lansing, MI, Mrs. Doris Bates, affectionately known as "Aunt Dodo" died November 9, 2010 at the age of 104. She was predeceased by her husband, Ralph Bates; daughter Mary Merillat; parents Daniel and Mary Markel; brothers, Arnold and Orville Markel; sister Edna Markel and step-daughters Ruth Lynch, and Norma Parsons. She is survived by her son-in-law Robert Merillat; grandsons Daniel and David Merillat; 3 granddaughters; 8 step-children, Jean Miller, Donald and Jane Bates, Marion Roberts, Merl and Beverly Bates, Robert Bates, Arlene and Marlin Shull, plus over 150 nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held for Mrs. Bates Monday, November 15, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 900 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing with Pastor Daryl L. Franzel of Capitol City Baptist Church, Lansing. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will follow immediately in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Lansing. Please visit www.gorslineruncimaneastlansing.com for online condolences.
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Nov. 13, 2010