Frances Lee Bates
November 11, 1970  -  December 11, 2018

Frances Lee Bates

First Southern Baptist Church of Ruidoso Downs
361 East Highway 70
Ruidoso Downs, NM  88346
Saturday, December 22, 2018
11:00 A.M.
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Frances Lee Bates, 48, of Alto, NM passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2018 in Las Cruces, NM. She was born November 11, 1970 in El Paso, Texas to Steve Austin and Yvonne Darling Austin.

She moved to Ruidoso in 1978 from El Paso, she married Stephen Bates on May 5, 1996 in Middletown, Connecticut and they moved to Ruidoso in 1999.

Frances had a beautiful, loving, caring soul and always put others in need above herself. She had a love of helping animals or anyone in need and spent most of her career in the Home Hospice field. Everyone that knew Frances knew she was a person that you could go to for anything, her personality and charisma lit up any room she stepped into and being around her made anyone feel happy and whole. She was loving Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter, Grand Mother, Friend, Caretaker and role model to so many, and her mark that she left on this world will live on in the lives of all people and animals she touched.

She is survived by her husband, Stephen; son, Stephen D. Bates of San Diego, CA; two daughters, Kymberly Newton and Samantha Temple both of Ruidoso; a sister, Stephanie Austin-Kobaly of Ruidoso and seven grandchildren.

Her memorial service will be Saturday, December 22, at 11:00 A.M. in the First Southern Baptist Church of Ruidoso Downs with Brian Wilson officiating.

The family has requested memorials to the Lincoln County Humane Society or your local animal shelter.


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  1. Carrie Wright
    Alto, NM

    I am so sorry for your loss. I knew her from when I worked at the Ruidoso Animal clinic. Any time she called the clinic she would ask for me. I am very saddened to hear of her passing. She was so sweet and loved animals as much as I do. Prayers and hugs at this difficult time.

  2. Crystal Salas
    Ruidoso, NM

    My condolences and prayers for the Bates family. God Bless You.

  3. Sue Hammer
    Downers Grove, IL

    I'm so sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful person inside and out. Prayers to all.

  4. LYNN

    My condolences to the family! I know she will be greatly missed!!

  5. Ron Nursey
    Hopewell Junction, NY

    Stephen our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  6. Genevieve Rios
    Alamogordo, NM

    Love u my Friend! Prayers for the Bates Family

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