Mrs. Lois (Branscum) Bates
Submitted by Donnie Pickard
Van Buren County Democrat
March 19, 1936
Mrs. Lois Bates Succumbs to Burns
Mrs. Lois Bates, aged 23, died at her home at hardy Thursday morning of last week from burns received five days previous when her clothing caught fire while standing in front of a heater. The remains were returned to Elba and burial was in the Plant cemetery Friday morning, services at the grave being conducted by Rev. Wade Rambo at eleven o'clock.
Mrs. Bates was making a new dress and as fitting it to herself when the draft caught the hem of the garment sucking it in the stove. Before help arrived her clothing was burned from her body.
Besides her husband she is survived by a two-year-old son, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. G. Branscum of Elba, four sisters, Mrs. Elliott Payne of Choctaw, Mrs. Burl Simmons of Arlberg, and Misses Jo and Laverne Branscum of Elba, and one brother, Leonard Branscum of Elba. Burial was in charge of Jackson Funeral Home of Hardy.