McKenzie Allison Bates

April 11, 1996October 14, 2020

McKenzie Allison Bates, 24, was born in Dallas, Texas on April 11, 1996, to Abbey and Lawrence (Bater) Bates. McKenzie went to her heavenly home on October 14, 2020. A beautiful young woman, inside and out, was loved and adored by everyone that met her. She was kind, loving and never met a stranger. From the day that she was born, she had a dynamic personality with a contagious laugh that lit any room she entered. McKenzie grew up in Dallas where she graduated from Highland Park High School in 2014. She was an enthusiastic member of the Highland Park cheer team for four years where she established lifelong friends and memories. She was awarded the Highland Park Presidential Service Award holding officer positions in 65 Roses for Cystic Fibrosis, Hi-Lites Organization, benefitting Make-A-Wish Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and National Charity League and many other charities.

McKenzie received her Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communications from Texas Christian University in 2018. McKenzie was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority where she was involved in fundraising committees benefitting Cook Children's Hospital and St. Jude's Research Hospital. A recent highlight for McKenzie was her involvement in a mission trip to Kenya with Highland Park Presbyterian Church. The Imbirikani Christian Girl's School brought her much joy as it provides funding for academic education for young women in the Imbirikani area of Kenya.

McKenzie is preceded in death by her grandparents, James Murphy and Shirley White, Lawrence Morris and Reba Bates and cousins Scott Thomas Coleman, and Taylor Murphy Stephenson. McKenzie will be greatly missed by her parents, and is loved and survived by her brother James Mason Bates, her Aunt Krista and Uncle Steve Stephenson, Aunt Debbie Bates Coleman, cousins Trent and wife Nicole Stephenson, and Barry and Ruby Coleman and numerous great aunts, uncles and second cousins she loved dearly.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 18th, at Highland Park Presbyterian Church. The service will be streamed at the following site (password: Family). A celebration of life for family and friends will follow at Royal Oaks Country Club. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation to the Imbirikani Neema Huruma Foundation at or to Highland Park Presbyterian Church at


  • Memorial Service Livestream

    Sunday, October 18, 2020



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Jorge Cardenas

October 19, 2020

I met Kenzie about two months ago and she was the most beautiful lady I had ever seen. She was so friendly and not snobby and I was so surprised. I was nervous to ask for her number the first time we met so I waited until the second time I saw her to get her number. We hung out out that night and drank and talked about life. We listened to music together and just talked. I would do anything to have Kenzie back and just wish the best for her family. She was an angel. And I know she is watching over her family and friends. I love you McKenzie.

Jacqueline Lambiase

October 18, 2020

On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Strategic Communication at TCU, I offer sincere sympathy to McKenzie's parents, brother, and the rest of the Bates family. McKenzie had been an important part of our learning community and we will miss her and her sweet spirit. Please know that our hearts are with you.
--Jacqueline Lambiase, Department Chair

Kay Dozier

October 18, 2020

Dear Bates Family....our hearts are broken for you...we are so deeply sorry for your tremendous loss and we pray that God gives you comfort and peace in the tough days ahead.
The service for her was beautiful....we will always remember sweet McKenzie for her exuberance, her kindness, and that gorgeous smile and twinkle in her eyes. ..she was a beautiful soul and is now a precious angel.
We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers always.
Much Love, The Dozier Family

Amy Davis

October 18, 2020

We offer our prayers and love to you, Bater, Abbey and Mason, and send our sincerest condolences for your loss of sweet McKenzie.
Love, Amy and Bill Davis, Gil Horn, Hannah Davis

Patrick Ramsier

October 18, 2020

Prayer upon prayer for McKenzie and for Bater, Abbey, Mason and all of the family and all of her friends.
Patrick, Joy, Alexa, Jordan, Casie and Brooke Ramsier

Marc Sparks

October 18, 2020

Abbey, Bater

We are profoundly sorry for your loss! There are no words. We pray for your family to find comfort.

Marc & Jane Sparks

Kris and John Cousins

October 18, 2020

Our hearts, love and prayers go out to you and your family.
Much love,
John and Kris Cousins

Andrew Carbery

October 18, 2020

I am one of Mason Bates best friends and I always remember seeing Mckenzie at Royal Oaks Country Club when Mason would bring me as a guest. She was a beautiful girl with amazing energy and loved and admired by all. She was so nice to everyone she would come across. My heart goes out to my best friend Mason and his entire family. I love yall and God Bless. Strength and Honor.

Barbara Weden

October 18, 2020

Words cannot even be enough to express the sadness we are feeling for all of you at this time . Treasure the memories and lean on each other for love and support. Much love to you all!! Barbara Sommer Weden

Tiffany Hurwitz

October 18, 2020

She was the sweetest, most kind person to anyone and everyone. You will be forever missed Kenzie.


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