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Thelma Joyce Bates

September 16, 1933 July 4, 2011
Thelma Joyce Bates
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Joyce Bates, 77, longtime resident of Altus, passed away Monday, July 4th, 2011.

She was born September 16, 1933 in Gould, Oklahoma to Othar and Ethel (Faith) Stephens. She married Melvin Bates on August 6, 1950 in Hollis, Oklahoma. They raised three wonderful daughters of which she was extremely proud. She was Homeroom Mother, Basketball Coach, and Major Supporter of all portions of the girls interests. As the grandchildren were growing up, she made a point of attending as many of their sporting events as possible and took them on regular outings to Wackers, Wal-mart and Crains Grocery. After the children were grown, Melvin and Joyce were able to make regular visits to Las Vegas and other points of interest. They loved to dance and just enjoy life and each other. Joyce was a member of the Southside Baptist Church and a lifetime member of the VFW Women's Auxiliary.

Joyce is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Melvin of the home; three daughters, Carol Farl and husband Andy of Chickasha, Susie Huffman and husband Chuck of Norman and Donna Roberson and husband Bud of Altus; five grandchildren, Annesha Robertson, Jennifer Villani, Heath Huffman, Amanda Snodgrass, and Carl Roberson; one great-grandson, Preston Maxwell; one sister, Dorthy Teague of Amarillo, Texas; one brother, Jerry Stephens of Gould, Oklahoma; and a host of nephews, nieces, and other loved ones.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters; three brothers; and her grandson, Kyle Reed.

Funeral Services have been scheduled for 10:00 am, Thursday, July 7, 2011 at Lowell-Tims Chapel with Rev. Jason Duree officiating. Interment will follow in the Altus City Cemetery under the direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home.

The family will receive guests from 6:30 until 8:00 pm, Wednesday evening at Lowell-Tims Chapel.

On-line tributes can be made to the family at
The family suggests that memorials can be made in Joyce's name to the Southside Baptist Church.

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