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Wanda Bates

Wanda Bates Wanda Izetta (Molsberry) Bates, age 95, of Manhattan, Kansas, died Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

She was born in Clarksville, Iowa, on January 11, 1915, the daughter of Malon Bion Molsberry and Rosetta (Davis) Molsberry. She attended Clarksville schools and graduated from Iowa State University in Ames in 1938 with a B.S. degree in Home Economics Education.

Mrs. Bates taught Home Economics in Iowa schools for seven years at Superior Township Consolidated School at Superior and at Spirit Lake and Jefferson High Schools.

In 1942, she married Dr. Herbert T. Bates, a Professor of Chemical Engineering. They lived in Cleveland, OH, and Lincoln, NE, before moving to Manhattan, KS, in 1958.

Mrs. Bates was a secretary and word processing typist in the Department of Biochemistry at Kansas State University for eighteen years. She was a published writer and a member of Kansas Authors Club, Manhattan Writers, Manhattan Literature Club, KSU Social Club and the First United Methodist Church where she was a Sunday School teacher for a number of years and an active member of United Methodist Women.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three brothers: Chester, Mahlon, and Gordon Molsberry, and three sisters: Hazel Molsberry, Bess Wissink, and Iris Marple.

Mrs. Bates is survived by a son, Rodney Bates and his wife Candace Sherman of Strong City, KS, daughter Wanda "Beth" (Bates) Lowe and husband Thomas Lowe, of Lawrence, KS, grandson David Bates and wife Amber of the Marshall Islands, granddaughter Ellen (Lowe) McNellis and husband Michael McNellis of Mesa, AZ, grandsons: Russell Lowe of Dallas, TX and Brian Lowe and wife October Strange of Lawrence, KS, and 2 great-grandchildren, Allison McNellis and Connor McNellis of Mesa, AZ.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday April 13, 2010 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, with Reverend Nancy J Kollhoff officiating. Interment will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until service time at the funeral home on Tuesday.

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Memorial gifts may be given to the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan, KS or to the KSU Foundation for scholarships in the Department of Biochemistry, or to the Clarksville, IA Public Library. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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