Mary Nell Bates, 89, died Sunday, March 15, 2020, at Shepherd’s Cove Hospice.

She was the daughter of Lonnie and Bettie Edmondson and the wife of Donald W. Bates.

Mrs. Bates was a 1949 graduate of Arab High School and attended Snead State Community College and Jacksonville State Teachers College. She taught for nine years on Georgia Mountain and at Midway. After that, she became a fulltime homemaker.

She is survived by her daughter: Betty Bates, sister and brother-in-law: Gwennell and Robert Earl Coker; brother and sister-in-law: James and Juanita Edmondson; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers: Hershell Edmondson and Leon Edmondson.

The funeral was Thursday, March 19, 2020, at Guntersville Memorial Chapel. Burial was at Mount Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery with Guntersville Memorial Chapel directing.

Memorials may be made to Shepherd’s Cove Hospice.

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