Pamela Jane Bates, 67, of Statesville, N.C., went to be with the Lord on January 9, 2021, at Iredell Memorial Hospital in Statesville. She was born January 8, 1954, in Greenfield, Mass., the daughter of Valerie Oickle Bonzek and the late Donald Bonzek. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Shannon Johnston; and brother, Jeffrey Bonzek.

Pamela was a compassionate, kind and strong woman who served God by serving others. She loved the Lord, was active in her church, where she taught Sunday School, and was a Girl Scout leader. Pamela was employed with Iredell County Council of Aging, where she assisted senior citizens.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 36 years, William “Bill” Bates; daughters, Colleen Bendiksen (Kurtis), Avril Plunkett (Mike), and Crystal Siedel (John); grandchildren, Robert Desorcy, Veronica Desorcy, Nick Plunkett, Eden Siedel, and Corinna Plunkett; brother, Greg Bonzek (Debra), sisters, Pat Miller (Russ) and Jane Herring-Seiffet; canine companion, Bella; and numerous other loving friends and family.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family.

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