Pearl Scates |

Pearl Scates

Pearl Scates, of Delta, Colo., died Monday, July 22, 2002, of natural causes. She was 96.

She was born Nov. 6, 1905, in Spearmore, Okla., to Samuel Harrison Willhour and Nancy Melvina Cundiff. She graduated from East High School in Wichita, Kan. She married C.R. Scates in Wichita in 1925. They were later divorced.

Her father was involved in oil exploration and development, and she grew up in various towns in Texas and Oklahoma. She worked as a supervisor for the W.T. Grant Stores in retail sales for 20 years before retiring in 1970.

On July 4, 1981, she moved to Rifle, Colo., to be with her daughter Rogene Mahaffey. She moved to Delta in 2001. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Delta. She enjoyed friends and family and was an avid reader, particularly of Louis Lamore westerns. She also enjoyed making latch hook rugs and continued bowling until after her 90th birthday.

She was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters.

She is survived by son C.R. Scates Jr. and daughter-in-law Mary Ann Scates, of Beornie, Texas; daughters and sons-in-law Barbara and Austin Haskins, of Longmont, Colo., and Rogene and Fred Mahaffey, of Austin, Colo.; and 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 26, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Delta. Bishop Ted Graff will officiate.

Montrose Valley Funeral Home in Montrose, Colo., is in charge of arrangements.

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