HOMER, Neb. -- Mary Jean Bates, 74, of Omaha, Neb., formerly of Homer, Neb., died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006, in an Omaha hospital.
Mary Jean was born July 10, 1931, in Homer, Neb., the daughter of Herman and Alice M. (Harris) Appleton. She was employed as a relief operator at Zenith Corporation. She later was employed at I.B.P. with the vending and food service for 16 years. She retired as a cook from the Dakota City Elementary School, Dakota City, Neb. She was married to Richard Bartels and later married Jerald Bates. She had attended the Le Mars Church of Christ where she lived there for a short period. She moved to Omaha in 2004.
Survivors three daughters, Jeanne M. Bartels of Cedar Rapids, Karen and her husband, Doug Russell of Martinsburg, Neb., Robin Bates of Omaha, three sons, Bradley Bartels of South Sioux City, Neb., Bryan and his wife, Sherri Bates of Le Mars, Jason and Angie Bates of Homer, Neb., 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Becker - Hunt Funeral Home in South Sioux City with the Rev. Matthew Wentz, pastor of the Le Mars Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City. Visitation at the funeral home will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday with a prayer service at 6 p.m.