Theresa C. Knowles Bates

February 9, 1939October 9, 2010

Theresa Catherine Bates, 71, Gladstone, MO, passed away October 9, 2010 at Northcare Hospice House. The Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:00 AM Friday, October 15th at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 900 NE Shady Lane Dr, Kansas City, MO; burial in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may call from 6-8 PM Thursday at the McGilley Antioch Chapel where a rosary will be prayed at 7 PM. In lieu of flowers contributions are suggested to Northcare Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

Theresa was born February 9, 1939 in Monroe County, IA and had lived in this area for the past 50 years. On December 31, 1960 she married Paul Bates and they recently celebrated this Golden Wedding Anniversary. She attended Northwest Missouri and Maple Woods Colleges. Her employment of a 20 year span included Banker’s Life of Des Moines, Northwest Bell Telephone Co, Look Magazine, Greyhound Bus Lines, Hilton Airport Plaza Inn, NFSHA, Macy’s and as a lab assistant at Maple Woods. Theresa was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary Council #3414. She was a volunteer for the Hamilton Height’s Swim Team and the YMCA. She loved to cook, bake, decorate for holidays, camping, boating, reading; collecting figurines, antiques, and especially spending time with her grandchildren. Theresa was preceded in death by her parents, William & Margaret Vogel Knowles, 2 brothers, Jack & Jim Knowles and a sister, Margaret Knowles.

Survivors include her husband, Paul Bates, Sr., children, Julie Augustyn (Joe), Paul Bates, Jr. (Lisa), Terri Rodina (Tommy), & Vince Bates; 5 grandchildren, Austin, Tess, Kara, Jake & Vincent; a brother Ed Knowles (Rose), St. Louis, MO; a sister, Ellen Wobbeking, W Des Moines, IA; a nephew, Killian; niece, Lori Beltran (Ray) and many other nieces & nephews.


  • Funeral Mass Friday, October 15, 2010
  • Visitation Thursday, October 14, 2010
  • Burial Friday, October 15, 2010

Theresa C. Knowles Bates

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November 4, 2010

I knew Theresa and her family through Hamilton Heights. She was a wonderful Mother and volunteer for the swim team.
Susan Dowden

Ed Knowles

October 26, 2010

I always admired my big sister Theresa. She and Paul were an inspiration to me as I grew up and they supported me in many ways. Theresa really knew how to live life. She was so down to earth and outgoing and funny and loved to talk and tell stories and have a good time. I am sure she is up in heaven now regaling her friends and relatives such as Joe Vogel, Eddie Ryan, Dad, Jack, Jim, etc., and making the memories seem three times as funny as they ever were the first time.

Ellen Wobbeking

October 18, 2010

My sister Theresa was very smart, witty, and fun to be around, and she was a great cook. No one loved her family more than she did. I cherish the memories, and I will miss her dearly.

Donna Vestal

October 16, 2010

Julie and family,
I am so very sorry to learn of your loss. Your mom was simply amazing. I knew her more than 35 years... and all I ever saw was the immense love she had for her children. I hope you find comfort in that love and all those wonderful memories.

Susie Browning

October 15, 2010

Vince and family, You are so lucky to have such a special loving Mother to grow up with. She will be your angel from now on and be smiling upon you, Becky, and Jake. You will continue to make her proud every single day. It was an honor to say I knew Theresa Bates!!

Barb Conway

October 14, 2010

Katherine, Jimmy, and I are saddened for your loss. We hope that you can find comfort from one another. We read that you preferred a donation to Hospice. I sent a donation to Hospice in memory of Theresa.

Barb Conway

Tom Ponds & Family

October 13, 2010

Our family wishes to express our condolences and let you know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Although, we did not know Theresa personally, our family always looked forward to receiving our holiday "THE WORLD'S BEST" pecan pie from her. Theresa should be proud that she raised a fine son in Paul and we always felt him to be a part of our family also.

October 13, 2010

Theresa was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and a wonderful friend. We will miss her and send our love to you.
Gerald & Peggy

Annette Hoelting Hallock

October 13, 2010

Terri- I am so sorry for your loss, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

October 12, 2010

Even though we've only known Theresa for the last six or so years what a delightful influence she made on our lives and that of our family. We will miss her and all the good times we shared together.

Ron and Carolyn Rodina