Mary Nell Bates, 89, passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2020, at Shepherd’s Cove Hospice.
She is survived by her daughter, Betty Bates; sister, Gwennell (Robert Earl) Coker; and brother, James (Juanita) Edmondson, along with many nieces and nephews.
Mary Nell was preceded in death by her husband, Donald W. Bates; parents Lonnie and Bettie Edmondson; and brothers, Hershell Edmondson and Leon Edmondson.
She graduated from Arab High School in 1949 and then attended Snead State and Jacksonville State Teachers College. Mary Nell then taught school for nine years on Georgia Mountain and at Midway. After teaching, she became a full-time homemaker.
Visitation was held Wednesday, March 18. Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 19, at Guntersville Memorial Chapel. Burial was in Mount Carmel Baptist Cemetery. Memorials can be made in her memory to Shepherd’s Cove Hospice.