BatesFeb 9, 1957 - Nov 1, 2012 HARRAH Melveena Louise Bates, 55, of Harrah, Oklahoma, was born February 9, 1957, to Melford Wesley Weaver, Sr. and Bernice Monks Weaver. She was a retired teacher. Vena liked to travel and fish. She was a loving wife, mother and friend to all people. Vena is survived by husband, Steve Bates; daughter, Bobbye Whitney; bonus children, Jason and Nichole Bates; mother, Bernice Weaver; brothers, Wesley and wife Angie Weaver, and Joe Swenson; and multiple nieces and nephews. Memorial services for Vena will be held November 10, 2012, at 1 p.m. at the Panama Assembly of God, Panama, OK.

Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 7, 2012