Martha Sue Bates, 72, of rural Hazleton, passed away Friday, June 26, 2020 at Gibson General Hospital in Princeton. She was born October 15, 1947 in South Roxana, IL to the late Dale E. and Lucille (Christy) Hayes. Martha was of the Catholic faith. She was a homemaker and a loving wife, mother and grandmother, she will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Martha is survived by her husband of 39 years, Jerry R. Bates; a daughter, Gayla (Brent) Schafer; a granddaughter, Leesa M. West; a brother, Theodore (Leora) Hayes of South Roxana, IL; and also, several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Ricky, Jack and Butch Hayes and also, three sisters, Shelba McEuen, Kathryn Whitaker and Judith Rigdon.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at Warnock Cemetery in Princeton, with Father Gary Kaiser celebrating. There will be no visitation and family and friends will meet at the cemetery for the service.
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