She was preceded in death by her parents, William Gordon and Eunice B. (Vitito) Witherspoon. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John R. Bates in 1976; and brother, Jack Gordon.
Wanda is survived by her 9 children and their spouses, Patricia (Tim) O’Rourke of Bedford, IN, Joe (Donna) Bates of Crystal Lake, IL, Jerry (Billie) Bates of Hazelton, IN, Priscilla (Ron) Caringer of Princeton, IN, Barbara (Dale) Krieg of Princeton, IN, Jeff (Donna) Bates of Patoka, IN, Tim (Lana) Bates of Princeton, IN, Tom (Karen) Bates of International Falls, MN, and Pam Bates of Princeton; step-children and their families, Robert E. "Bud" (Priscilla) Bates of Owensboro, KY, Bonnie (Jerry) Lance of Oakland City, IN, and Ed (Vicki) Bates of Mt. Vernon, IL; 16 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held on