Rita Bunker Bates


January 11, 1917 ~ August 1, 2015

Rita Bunker Bates, born January 11, 1917 in St Thomas, Nevada to Faithful Pioneer parents passed away on August 1, 2015 at her home in West Point, Utah.

Rita was an active faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who served in a plethora of callings, including a mission to the Hualapai Indians with her husband.

She lived from the times of Horse and Buggy to Autonomous cars.

Rita is survived by one sibling, Leah; nine children, Sherryl (Albert), Ted (Lana), Lynn (Jo), JoAnne (Phil), Elizabeth (Jed), Lionel (Peggy), Lorita, John (Janet), Martin (Beckie), Danny (Evelyn's husband), and an "adopted" son, Gary (Bev); 73 grandchildren; 94 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Rita was preceded in death by one daughter, Evelyn; husband, Karl Theodore Bates; parents, Francis Neil Bunker and Evelyn Rachel Cox; eight siblings and seven half-siblings.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Lakeside Stake Center, 855 North 4000 West, West Point. Friends may visit with the family on Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lindquist's Roy Mortuary, 3333 West 5600 South, and on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the church.

Interment will be held at the Sunset Memorial Gardens, Warden, WA.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the LDS Missionary Fund.

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