Yvonne  Bates
Yvonne  Bates

Obituary of Yvonne Esther Sarraille Bates

Yvonne Esther Sarraille Bates entered her eternal rest on Friday, September 10, 2021, surrounded by family at her home in Slidell, Louisiana at the age of 89.

          Yvonne was born in Slidell on March 18, 1932 in her parents’ home on William Tell Avenue. She was the third child born to Pierre Emile Sarraille Sr. and Esther Beaucoudray Sarraille. Her older brothers were Leon André “Sleepy” Sarraille and Pierre Emile “Corky” Sarraille Jr. The Sarraille family was well-known in Slidell for the grocery store and butcher shop established by her father in the 1920s and later maintained by her brother, André, into the late ‘80s. Except for a short period in her 20s, she lived in Slidell for her entire life. She married Willard Dale “T-Bone” Bates of Bogalusa on June 14, 1957.

Those who predeceased her are her parents; her husband; both of her brothers; her sister-in-law, Jane Howell Sarraille; her first-born nephew, Michel André “Mike” Sarraille; her son-in-law, Louis Levy; and an infant grandson.

Left to treasure her memory are: her daughters, Shawn Bates Felder and her husband Keith of Liberty, MS, Dina Bates Galiano, and Angelique Bates Levy of Slidell; her grandchildren, William Alexander “Alex” Felder of Liberty, MS and Ashley Lauren Felder of Hattiesburg, MS; her nephews and their wives (who lovingly called her “Vonnie”), Jamie and Cindy Sarraille, Robin and Patti Sarraille, and Shelley Sarraille, all of Slidell; her great-nieces and great-nephews, Melissa Sarraille Turner and her husband Dennis, Maggie Sarraille Cordoba and her husband Orlando, Jessica Sarraille Norton and her husband Bobby, Amanda Sarraille Hayley and her husband Patrick, Megan Sarraille Ganczak and her husband Jared, and Cody Sarraille and his wife Keeleigh; along with several great-great-nieces and nephews.

          Yvonne earned a B.A. in Education from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, beginning her career at Dalton Elementary in Baton Rouge, then Pleasant Hill Elementary in Bogalusa after her marriage. When she moved back to Slidell, she taught in the St. Tammany School System. She began teaching 3rd grade at Slidell Grammar School, later named Glynn H. Brock Elementary, where she ended her career teaching 4th grade after 29 years. Being a life-long Slidell resident meant that she frequently ran into former students around town, who consistently let her know the great impact that she had upon their lives.

          Most of her retirement years were spent traveling back and forth to Liberty to visit her two precious grandchildren, one of whom followed in her footsteps to become an educator. She didn’t consider herself ready to begin the day, even after retirement, until she was dressed and properly accessorized from her extensive jewelry collection, most importantly her clip-on earrings. Her household décor included collectables that reflected her love of butterflies, angels, and flowers, plus a variety of fleurs de lis to honor her French heritage and love of the New Orleans Saints. A dedicated Saints fan, she always had to wear her lucky outfit on game days and insisted on watching the game with the TV muted so she could listen to WWL’s radio broadcast of the game. She was a dog-lover most of her life and had a variety of pets, beginning with a Pekingese named Winky. But in later years, she embraced a love of cats when both of her younger daughters brought home rescued cats. She was a marvelous cook with a sweet tooth and a penchant for chocolate, especially dark chocolate, tendencies that she passed on to her daughters and granddaughter.

          Special thanks to Jackie Laudun Gatica and Jeanne Laudun Huntington for their support of the family in her final days.

A private memorial will be held at a later date. Memories and condolences may be expressed at www.AudubonFuneralHome.com


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