MYRTLE BEACH—Margaret Ann Spears Bates, 99, passed away Dec. 30 at Brightwater Assisted Living in Myrtle Beach.

She was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, on Sept. 23, 1920, to the late Ralph Edwin Spears and the late Clerimond Woodward Mendel Spears.

Left to cherish her memory are sons Robert Spears Bates of Myrtle Beach, Charles Andrew Bates of Atlanta, Georgia, and James Mendel Bates of Seattle, Washington; daughters Margaret Bates Masquelier of Indian Hills, Colorado, and Jessie Ferguson Bates of Santa Fe, New Mexico; granddaughters Katherine Masquelier Cannon of Myrtle Beach and Margaret Anne Masquelier of Carmel, California; brother Harry Mendel Spears of Sun City and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. at Brightwater Assisted Living in Myrtle Beach.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach, 291 Ronald McNair Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29579.

Burial will take place in West Virginia at a later date.

Goldfinch Funeral Home, Carolina Forest, is assisting the family.

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