Alma Mae Bates, 83, of Shelbyville, IL, passed away Sunday Mar. 1, 2015 at 3:35 PM in her home.

Alma was born May 30, 1931 near Tower Hill, IL the daughter of Lloyd L. and Vesta Viola Kay Smith.

She graduated from Cowden, IL High School and Sparks Business College in Shelbyville.She was employed at Shelby Electric Cooperative for 24 years and retired in 1997.

Alma was affiliated with Shelby Christian Church and Fellowship Baptist Church both of Shelbyville.

Alma was a direct descendant of an American military officer who served in the Revolutionary War.She enjoyed research on her computer and taking walks with her dog Carly down to Lake Shelbyville and to the Shelby County Fairgrounds.

Surviving are her children: Julie D. (Jim) Woods of Limon, CO, Michael D. (Teresa) Marsh of New Bern, NC, Patrick D. (Ann) Marsh of Shelbyville and Kevin D. (Darlene) Marsh of Laytonville, CA; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great grandchildren and sister Carolyn (Ed) Halbrook of Shelbyville.

Alma was preceded in death by her late husband Gene E. Bates, former husband Dwight J. Marsh, parents: Lloyd and Vesta Smith and sister Rosemary Wood.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM Tuesday Mar. 3, 2015 in Fellowship Baptist Church in Shelbyville.Pastor Chase Smith will officiate.Interment will be held later.Memorials may be made in Alma’s memory to Relay for Life.Arrangements are entrusted to Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Shelbyville.On line condolences may be directed to the family at wwwlocakrtgreenfuneralhome.com