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.