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Frances Marie "Brownie" Marvin Bates
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Birth: Apr. 16, 1916
Omaha
Douglas County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Jan. 11, 1993
Oskaloosa
Mahaska County
Iowa, USA

Brownie (Marvin) Bates was born on Sunday, April 16, 1916, at Clarkson Hospital in Omaha, Douglas County, NE, the daughter of David and Hazel (Hoff) Marvin. Dr. W. H. Taylor delivered her. Brownie was raised in Omaha and graduated from Omaha St. Mary's HS in 1933. She later attended the University of Omaha for two years.

On Thursday, September 25, 1941, at 8:00 a.m., Brownie married Bill Bates at St. Mary's HS Chapel in Omaha. Bill's cousin, Father Jack Burns, said the Mass. Brownie received her first Holy Communion at the Mass and presented an engraved paten to the chapel as a gift in commemoration of the event.

Brownie lived with Bill near Scott Field, St. Clair County, IL, from 1942 to 1946; in George, Lyon County, IA, from 1946 to 1949; and then at Remsen, Plymouth County, IA, from 1949 until 1991, when, following Bill's death in 1990, she moved into the Mahaska Manor nursing home in Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, IA.

Besides being a homemaker, Brownie also served as a high school speech judge and coach in both George and Remsen, and she helped direct high-school plays and operettas and worked in the library at Remsen St. Mary's. She was a past president of the Remsen Public Library Board and was instrumental in the construction of the current Remsen Public Library. Following Brownie's death, a room in the library was dedicated as the "Brownie Bates Room."

Brownie was once a live guest on "Don McNeill's Breakfast Club" nationwide radio broadcast from Chicago. She treasured a 78 RPM record from that show.

Brownie was a member of Remsen St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Christian Mothers, the Catholic Daughters of America, and the Remsen Women's Club.

Brownie enjoyed playing the piano, and her signature song was "Nola." Other "likes" included picking wild asparagus, smelling lilacs, and seeing robins.

Brownie and Bill had 4 sons and 1 daughter: Bill, Terry, Joe, Brownie, and Bob.

Brownie, 76 years old, died at 2:45 a.m. on Monday, January 11, 1993, at Mahaska County Hospital in Oskaloosa. The cause of her death was hyperglycemia with coma; she also had acute upper GI bleeding and atherosclerotic peripheral vascular disease. Bates Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa was in charge of arrangements. Brownie was buried beside her husband in St. Mary's Cemetery, Oskaloosa, on January 14.
 
 
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  William Walter Bates (1915 - 1990)
 
Burial:
Saint Mary's Cemetery
Oskaloosa
Mahaska County
Iowa, USA
Plot: St. Mary's Cemetery
GPS (lat/lon): 41.30388, 92.63338
 
Created by: Bill Bates
Record added: Nov 25, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 80950587
Frances Marie Brownie <i>Marvin</i> Bates
Added by: Bill Bates
 
Frances Marie Brownie <i>Marvin</i> Bates
Added by: Bill Bates
 
Frances Marie Brownie <i>Marvin</i> Bates
Added by: Bill Bates
 
 
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