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“So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and the family. ”
1 of 6 | Posted by: Evelyn Sanders - Hammond, LA

“I remember her beautiful smile! There always seemed to be something especially gentle in her heart for others. ”
2 of 6 | Posted by: Donna Spears Gray - Keatchie, LA

“Please accept our deepest condolences. Y'all have always been family and we love you all. From all the Spears... ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: JD Spears - Cameron, NC - Family

“sandra was one of my best friends in high school and she and charles were sweethearts even back then. I will miss her a lot. My heart goes out to...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: vestaW orourke - Prairieville, LA

“So sorry for your loss. Her husband Charlie Bates has been my idol down on pass Manchac since I was a kid. Many Good memories to cherish. Our prayers...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Gordon Anderson - Hammond

“I'm so sorry for your lost. Sending prayers for your family. ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: Sharon Juhasz - Springfield, LA


Sandra Marie Bates passed away on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, in Hammond, Louisiana, at the age of 78. She was born on Monday, April 5, 1943 in Independence, Louisiana to the late Viola Trosclair Bowman Berner and the late Albert "Ted" Bowman. She was a resident of Ponchatoula, Louisiana.

Sandra is survived by her husband of 58 years, Charles Bates; children, Carla B. Drury (Steve), William "Billy" Bates, Dawn B. Graves (Mike), and Charles J. "Chucky" Bates (Mara); grandchildren, Heather Perrin, Kacie Burkhalter, Tyler Bates, Colin Bates, Reagan Miller, Jenna Graves, and Kristen Graves; sister, Rita Wall; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Sandra was also preceded in death by her brother, Albert "Ted" Bowman.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Ponchatoula, 100 W. Magnolia Street, Ponchatoula, Louisiana 70454, on Monday, September 13, 2021 beginning at 9:00 AM until the funeral service begins at 1:00 PM.

Interment will follow in Wetmore Cemetery, Ponchatoula, Louisiana.

To view and sign the family guest book, please visit www.harrymckneely.com.