CARROLL PLT. – Muriel I. Bates, 87, wife of the late Earl W. Bates Sr., died June 18, 2005, at a Lincoln health care facility. She was born April 27, 1918, in Bancroft, the daughter of William and Annie (McCormick) Lee. Muriel loved her grandchildren, and she enjoyed hunting and fishing. She was a member of Springfield Community Chapel. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Earl W. Bates Jr. and Doris of Carroll; grandson, Steven Bates, his wife, Patty of Carroll, and their children, Sean, Brett, Virginia and Robert; granddaughter, Stacey Morris of Stockton Springs and her sons, Benjamin, Alex, and Tommy; and granddaughter, Ann Elizabeth Simensen and her husband, Eric, of Holderness, N.H., and their daughter, Grace Elizabeth; several nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2005, at the Lincoln Cemetery, with the Rev. Bruce Swan, officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Springfield Community Chapel, Building Fund, 62 Park St., Springfield, ME 04487. Arrangements with Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Rd., Lincoln. For an online register book, please visit