She was born Aug. 23, 1923, in Tulsa, to Grover and Lucille (Maile) Guier. Grace graduated with the Will Rogers High School Class of 1941. She was married February 6, 1947, in Tulsa, to John Willard Bates.
She spent much of her working life as a homemaker and caring for her family. She enjoyed fishing, flowers, gardening, bird watching, and traveling.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law Bob and Linda Bates of Talala; granddaughter Bobette Wells and husband Chuck of Owasso; two step-grandsons, Scott Hakel and his wife Cheryl of Talala and Rodney Hakel and his wife Amanda of Talala; great grandchildren Abby Wells, Emily Wells, and Morgan Arnold.
Services were Friday, June 7, Mowery Funeral Service in Owasso with Pastor Charles Brown officiating. Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery in Talala.