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Norfolk - Maryland Bates-Key peacefully departed this life to be with the Lord on June 24, 2012, at Carroll Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Washington, D.C. She was a native of Norfolk, Va. and the daughter of the late Floyd and Daisy Bates and the widow of James L. Key. Formally of the 900 block of Grayson Street, Norfolk, Va., she leaves a supporting family to cherish her memory: a sister, Lois Ferebee of Norfolk; son-in-law, Wilford S. J. Gourdine (Maryland - deceased); grandson Wilford Derek Gourdine (Michelle); three great-grandchildren, Justin A. Gourdine, Kristin and James Leverett; and a host of family members and friends. A viewing will be on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Stewart Funeral Home, 4001 Benning Road Northeast Washington, DC 20019. Friends are asked to join the family at Calvary Cemetery (1600 St. Julian Avenue Norfolk, Virginia 23504) for a Grave-side service on Friday June 29, 2012 at 11a.m.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on June 28, 2012