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“Mardel and Becky, So sorry to hear about Norma's passing. One thing I remember about her was her laugh. She was so funny when back in the day we...Read More »
1 of 3 | Posted by: Carleen Conklen - Champaign, IL

“Heartfelt condolences. Mardel, Rebecca and families. Prayers! ”
2 of 3 | Posted by: Rena Knowles Miller - Sterling, IL

“Norma you will be missed. I enjoyed the time that I took care of you at Parkway. Sincere condolences to your family ”
3 of 3 | Posted by: Joanna Norman - Sterling, IL


STERLING – Norma J. Bates, 87, of Sterling, died on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Norma was born In Aledo, IL on September 29, 1932, the daughter of Chet DeLap and Jean Bauguess DeLap. She married Delmar W. Bates on July 26, 1952 in Rock Falls. He predeceased her on November 11, 2011. Norma was employed at Dixon Developmental Center for 17 years.

Survivors include two daughters, Rebecca (Michael) Henry of Harmon, and Mardel (Denny) Johnson of Sterling; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and cousins.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents; husband Delmar; one son, Michael Bates; one grandson, Brandon Bates; one brother, Don DeLap; and one sister, Carolyn Portner.

Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services.