Velma S. Bates, 101, of Wooster, died on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at her home.
She was born January 15, 1919 in Pike, NY to Lynn G. and Josephine Hoppock Stroud. On June 20, 1942, she married Roy S. Bates. He preceded her in death in 2004.
Velma graduated with a degree from Houghton College in New York and was a teacher in New York for 3 years then in the Northwestern School District at West Salem for 30 years. She was a member of Emanuel Old Stone Church.
She is survived by her children Linda Jo Esber of Canton and Margaret Peggy Ann Yoder of Wooster; grandchildren Amanda Jo Zaugg and Amy Marie Holmes; great-grandchildren Noah and Caleb Zaugg and Jackson and Seton Holmes and a sister Evelyn Tarey of Lamont, NY.
Along with her husband, Velma was preceded in death by her parents; a sister Mary Louise Peckham and a brother Charles Stroud.
Private graveside services will be held in Reedsburg Cemetery.
McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.
Contributions may be directed to Emanuel Old Stone Church, 6000 Congress Rd., Wooster, Ohio 44691.
Online condolences may be left at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com
Emanuel Old Stone Church, 6000 Congress Rd., Wooster, Ohio 44691
Private graveside services will be held in Reedsburg Cemetery