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Obituary: Mary Jo Schmitt Bates

Mary Jo Schmitt Bates fell asleep in the arms of Jesus on Jan. 23, 2014 surrounded by her loving family.  She was born in Monroe, Louisiana on Nov. 20, 1929 to Sadie Margaret Schmitt and Arthur Peter Schmitt Sr. She was raised in Nashville along side her dear brother, Arthur Peter Schmitt Jr. 
Mary Jo was a devout Catholic and talented pianist who could be heard in her youth playing the organ at the Cathedral in downtown Nashville.  While a graduate of St. Cecilia Academy in 1948, she often recalled the wonderful times of high school, particularly dancing the jitterbug with her classmates after lunch. 
During her early 20s, she met Walter T. Bates at the Andrew Jackson business school.  Not long after, she was proposed to by the love of her life, in a sweet potato patch, and they were married on Jan. 27, 1951. Mary Jo was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed traveling, reading and being home on her farm.  
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother. She is survived by her sweetie of 63 years, Walter, daughter Janice Bates Toulon, son Travis Bates, her favorite son-in-law Daniel James Rodgers Toulon, granddaughters Jennifer Jo Toulon and Paige Toulon, and her puppies, Callie, Bitsy, and Sugar.  
Funeral services are at St. Philip Catholic Church, 113 Second Avenue S, Franklin, Tenn. 37064 on Saturday, Feb. 1 with visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the rosary from 1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., celebratory mass from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. with burial to follow at Williamson Memorial.  
Active pallbearers are Travis Bates, Dan Toulon, Don Coomer, Don Garner, Michael Welch, and Ronnie Harbison. Honorary pallbearers are Lawrence Barnes, Wade Bobbitt, and current and retired employees of Nashville Rubber and Gasket.  
Donations can be made in her memory to St. Cecilia Academy, 4210 Harding Rd, Nashville, Tenn. 37205; or Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson St, Nashville Tenn. 37203. Services in care of Williamson Memorial Funeral Home, 615-794-2289 

Posted on: 1/28/2014


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