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

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.