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Janice Mae Bates-Wilson

April 1, 1947 — June 18, 2024


Janice Mae Bates-Wilson, a passionate soul known for her unwavering dedication to serving her community, passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in her hometown of Pryor, Oklahoma. Born on April 1, 1947, in Pryor, she graced the world with her presence and left an indelible mark on all those she encountered. 

Janice's life was colored with remarkable achievements and selfless contributions. She will be fondly remembered as the visionary founder of Little People's Land in Owasso, where she nurtured and cared for countless individuals throughout many years. Her benevolent spirit extended beyond her business as she served on the board of the Mental Health Association of Tulsa and volunteered tirelessly at women's shelters and Eastern State Hospital.

A fervent traveler at heart, Janice embarked on adventures to numerous destinations that enriched her life experiences. She found solace in cultivating vibrant gardens and skillfully tending to her blooming flowers. Her passion for gardening was equaled by her joy in canning, creating delectable preserves that brought delight to those around her.

Among Janice's proudest accomplishments was overcoming breast cancer, a testament to her resilience and strength in the face of adversity. She was a wonderful mother, sister, aunt, and friend who will be dearly missed by those she leaves behind.

Janice is survived by her beloved sons, Brady Williams of the home, and Keith Williams of Texas. She is also survived by her brothers: GD Bates and wife Almira of Spring Hill, TN; Bucky Bates of Locust Grove, OK; Fred Bates and wife Verna of Pryor, OK; Bryce Bates and wife Pam of Locust Grove, OK; sisters: Judy Smith and husband Jack of Pryor, OK; Barbara Covey and husband Stan of Rose, OK; Connie Stacy and husband Jerry of Owasso, OK; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins who cherished her deeply.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Johnny and Patricia Bates; daughter, Sheila Williams; brother, Jimmy Bates; sister Colleene Carpenter; as well as nephews: Steven Cooper, Chad Weaver, and Jamin Johnson.

A celebration of life for Janice will be held by her family at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to a local animal rescue shelter in memory of Janice. To leave a personal message, please visit her guest book at Arrangements are under the direction of Shipman’s Funeral & Cremation Service of Pryor.

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