Marilyn Bates (1943 - 2018)

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Marilyn W. Bates, of Sheridan Wyo., passed away Aug. 23, 2018, surrounded by her family.
Born in Richland on Dec. 12, 1943, to Herbert and Martha (Cundiff) Wilhelmus, she was the fourth of six children.
She married Larry Bates on May 26, 1962, and they made a home in Sheridan, where they owned and operated a number of businesses.
Arizona became a second home where Marilyn was an Owner/Real Estate Broker for 20 years. Upon returning to Sheridan she chose the same path, earning many awards over her career.
Marilyn was always warm and welcoming with a glowing smile, quick wit, happy demeanor and positive outlook on life. She loved the outdoors and spending time with her family. She was active in her community, with her children and grandchildrens' lives and always quick to lend a hand.
She is survived and will be truly missed by Larry Bates, husband of 56 years; son, Kevin (Jill) and grandchildren, Colton and Carson Bates of Sheridan Wyo.; daughter Trecia (Jerry) and grandchildren, Sierra and Logan Brantz of Osburn, Idaho, Jake (Alisa) and great granddaughter, Braelynn Brantz of Kenosha, Wis. ; mother-in-law, Gythel Bates of Sheridan ; a sister Betty Jane (Dale) Wangler, and a brother, Mike (Vicki) Wilhelmus of Richland IN, and many nieces and nephews.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Doris Jean and Julia Ann, an infant brother, and father-in-law, Harold.
Marilyn's full story can be seen at
Published in Spencer County Journal-Democrat on Nov. 7, 2018