Shirley Mae Bates was born on Oct. 27, 1930, to Harry M. and Nora D. Beard, joining her three sisters, Carol, Eila and Phyllis. On April 3, 2022, at age 91, Shirley passed away peacefully at home in Centralia, Washington, into the waiting and loving arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, and husband Homer Bates, whom she married on April 6, 1959. She is survived by her four children William Cullen, James (Christine) Cullen, Debra Cullen and Kelly Dollarhyde; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Shirley loved her family dearly and was dearly loved by them. She will be missed.
A service of praise and thanksgiving to God for the life of Shirley Bates will be held at Peace Lutheran Church, 2071 Bishop Road, Chehalis, Washington, 98532, on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.