Melveena Bates, 55, of Harrah, Okla­homa, was born February 9, 1957, to Melford Wesley Weaver Sr. and Bernice Monks Weaver.

She was a retired teach­er. Vena liked to travel and fish. She was a loving wife, mother and friend to all people.

Vena is survived by hus­band, Steve Bates; daugh­ter, Bobbye Whitney; bo­nus children, Jason and Nichole Bates; mother, Bernice Weaver; brothers, Wesley and wife, Angie Weaver and Joe Swenson; and multiple nieces and nephews.

Memorial services for Vena will be at 1 p.m. No­vember 10, 2012, at the Panama Assembly of God, Panama, Okla.