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DELONG - Mary Lou (Ramp) Bates, age 84, of near Delong, Ill., died at 12:55 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at the Knox County Nursing Home in Knoxville, Ill.

She was born on Sept. 1, 1928, the daughter of Earl and Marybelle (Jaques) Ramp in Galesburg, Ill. She married Guy B. Bates on Feb. 14, 1948, in Knoxville, Ill. He preceded her in death on Jan. 5, 2004.

A son, Robert Guy Bates, also preceded her in death.

Mary Lou is survived by her sons, Bill (Susie) Bates of rural Delong, Ill., and Bane (Angela) Bates of rural Delong, Ill.; daughters, Mary Beth (Gary) Bowman of Maquon, Ill., Susan Bates of Knoxville, Ill., and Cathy (Bill) Shenaut of Knoxville, Ill.; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one brother, James (Sally) Ramp of rural Gilson, Ill.

Mary Lou attended school in Galesburg, Brookfield and Gilson, Ill. She graduated from Hawcreek Township High School.

She was a member of Orange Chapel Church, Delong Church Women's Fellowship, Delong Treasurer Book Club and Knox County Home Extension Association. She was the 4-H leader of the Delong Models 4-H Club.

She enjoyed her family, traveling, gardening and making handicrafts.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at the Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes in Knoxville, Ill. The Rev. Michel D. Clark will be officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2013, at the Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes in Knoxville, Ill. Interment will be in the Knoxville Cemetery in Knoxville, Ill.

Memorials may be made to the Knox County 4-H Foundation or to the .

Online condolences and sympathy cards may be sent through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Mar. 7, 2013
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