Marilyn A. Bates, age 84 of Owosso passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at her home.

Due to the Governor of Michigan's current ban on gatherings the family will hold a public celebration to honor Marilyn at a later date with a burial to follow at Oakhill Cemetery. 

Marilyn was born November 23, 1935 in Owosso, the daughter of Arnold N. and Pauline R. (Zimmerman) Passmore.

She graduated from Owosso High School, Class of 1953.  Marilyn was a member of  Owosso First United Methodist Church.

She was a member of Jobs' Daughters, Zonta Club and United Methodist Women's Club as well as a past President of the Paul Arn Chapter A.B.W.A.

She married Robert E. Bates in Owosso on September 10, 1955 and he predeceased her on October 20, 1995.

Marilyn began her career with First Federal of Michigan in 1955 and retired after 42 years of service.

Marilyn is survived by her children Michael (Janet) Bates of Lansing and Michelle (Jim) VanSice of Owosso; grandchildren Emily (Dan) DePottey of Zeeland, Zachary (Jessi) VanSice of Owosso, Larissa VanSice of Waldorf, MD; great-grandchildren Oliver VanSice, Natalie and Isaac DePottey; brother Gary L. (Sheila) Passmore of Haines City, FL; sister Gaile Passmore of Owosso; nephews Jeff and Chris Passmore; and cherished extended family and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband Robert and her parents.

Memorial contributions are suggested to a charity of the donor's choice.