Dorothy Arlene Bates

July 20, 1929October 3, 2020

Dorothy Arlene Bates, age 91, passed away on Saturday, October 3, 2020. Arlene was born July 20, 1929 in Paris, Texas to Leo and Maudie Miller.

Arlene loved the simple things in life such as spending time with her family, making quilts, and sewing. She was a small town girl who loved to write and publish poetry. Arlene was a very good cook who loved to bake things and also made her own jelly. She loved being outside in her garden as well. Arlene graduated from Quinlan High School and was proud of her 25 year long career as a clerk at Republic National Bank in Dallas, Texas. She was a faithful member of the First Assembly of God Church in Mabank, Texas and loved her Lord and Savior. Arlene loved to travel, she also went on four mission trips to Mexico. Arlene, the giving woman she was, also made sure that several children were able to attend Church Camp.

Arlene is preceded in death by her parents, loving husband Emmitt Elgar Bates, sister Wanda Jacob, and brother Delbert "D.C." Miller.

Those left with cherished memories are her children: Beverly Comer and husband Wallace of Labelle, Florida, Roger Bates and wife Nina of Dallas, Texas, Michael Bates and wife Sonia of Arlington, Texas, and Toni Huggins and husband Paul of Cash, Texas; seven grandchildren: Eric Broome, Heather Hughes, Brian Hair, Chad Bates, Ashley Bates, Graham Cox, and Jonathan Bates; thirteen great-grandchildren; siblings: Joyce Rogers of Wylie, Texas, Bobby Wayne Miller and wife Katie of Thomaston, Georgia, Hazel Daniel of Terrell, Texas, and Gerald Miller and wife Judy of Canton, Texas; along with numerous nieces, nephews, other beloved family, and friends who will miss her dearly.

A visitation for Arlene will be held Saturday, October 10, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Anderson Clayton Funeral Home, immediately followed by the funeral service at 1:00 PM. A graveside interment will be held at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Quinlan, Texas.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Bates family.


  • Brian Hair
  • Chad Bates
  • Graham Cox
  • Jonathan Bates
  • Jason Hughes
  • Chet Bates


  • Visitation (Masks Required)

    Saturday, October 10, 2020

  • Funeral Service (Masks Required)

    Saturday, October 10, 2020

  • Graveside Interment (Masks Required)

    Saturday, October 10, 2020


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Deanna Callicoat

October 10, 2020

Aunt Arlene was a good woman who’s heart was filled with the goodness of God. She was a wonderful person who helped so many people, without regard for acknowledgment, in so many ways that cannot be counted. She is finally home with her Father in Heaven. I know she’s so happy to be by His side and hanging out with others who have passed before her. I pray that everyone, who remains here on this earth, finds the Lord so we may all join Arlene and the other family one day in Heaven. “For if you publicly declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will experience salvation.” Romans 10:9 - TPT

“You saw who you created me to be before I became me! Before I’d ever seen the light of day, the number of days you planned for me were already recorded in your book. Every single moment you are thinking of me! How precious and wonderful to consider that you cherish me constantly in your every thought!” Psalm 139:16-17 - TPT

Nellie Stulce

October 10, 2020

I used to live by Arlene in quinlanwhen I was a teenager and she helped me make a house coat and pjs for homemaking.Wanda Miller was my best friend. Have known the Millers all my life and have great memories I will cherish.May God bless you all.

Donna Tapp

October 8, 2020

The Bible speaks of the virtuous woman. My Aunt Arlene had a confident soul who looked to God for strength when she was weak, She wore strength, she put it on before she begins her day, "And she strengthens her arms" She embraces a good challenge and welcomes it as an opportunity to grow stronger and closer to God. May she now rest, her work is done on this earth.

Tina Rogers-Fuess

October 7, 2020

My Aunt Arlene was a super person. She was always happy. Had an infectious smile. I will miss her wonderful personality.

kathy bolen

October 7, 2020

I always have loved aunt Arlene haven’t spent as much time as I would’ve always loved to but I am very sad to hear of her passing her family will miss her and so will the rest of her extended family. We love you aunt Arlene we know you will be at peace and be with God in heaven


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