Anna Ruth Keener Bates, 1973-2020


Anna Ruth Keener Bates, 46 of Quitman, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 in Mineola. She was born Feb. 1, 1973 in Shreveport to the late Robert Keener and Linda Cosby Keener. 

Anna was a caregiver and faithful member of Mineola Church of Christ. She was a wonderful mother, loved her church and taking care of children, especially her grand babies. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Keener. 

Survivors include her loving husband, Kevin Bates of Quitman; mother, Linda Hightower of Longview; great-grandmother, Ruth Orr of Mineola; sons, Jade Bates, Jordan Bates and his wife Molli and Jeremy Bates; daughters, Jenna Bates and Julianna Bates all of Quitman; brothers, Lee Keener of Alba and William Hightower and his wife Brandi of Seabrook; sisters, Patricia Matlock and her husband Alan of Nacogdoches and Mary Keener of Longview; two grandchildren, Emori Bates and Zander Bates who passed in Dallas Jan. 5. 

Visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Beaty Funeral Home, 5320 S. State Hwy. 37, Mineola. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 at Beaty Funeral Home with Jeremy Harrell conducting. Interment will follow at Quitman City Cemetery, with Bryan Bates, Justin Willis, Hunter Keener, Trevor Keener, Zane Bates and Adam Burks serving as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Mineola Church of Christ.