Dorothy M. Bates, 88, of Fort Madison, IA, passed away at 7:25 a.m. on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center in Fort Madison, IA. She was born on October 28, 1932 in Farson, IA to Raphael & Mary Miller Smith. She married Howard Robert Bates on November 22, 1951 in Pocahontas, AR. He preceded her in death on April 14, 2006. She was a homemaker and co-owner and president of Bates Sanitation & Asphalt, Inc. in Fort Madison. She enjoyed bird watching, bowling and playing washers, bags, dice, card and board games.
Dorothy is survived by: 1-daughter: Connie (Hollis) Woods of Keokuk, IA; 2-sons: Kevin (Cindy) Bates of Fort Madison, IA & Karl (Becky Brennan) Bates of Fort Madison, IA; 8-grandchildren: Eric Vincent, Craig Vincent, Jason McDonald, Jenny Habhab, Heather Hibbert, Jason Moomey, Autumn Pulis & Melodie Mooney; 14-great grandchildren; 2-sisters: Annie Trout of Ottumwa, IA & Virginia Faulkner of Ottumwa, IA. She was preceded in death by: her parents, husband, 1-grandson: Howard Vincent and several brothers and sisters.
Cremation has been entrusted to the care of King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory. A private family graveside service will be held at Oakland Cemetery. Online condolences to Dorothy’s family may be left at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website: www.kinglynk.com.