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Chelsi Aeriel Bates

Ms. Chelsi Aeriel Bates, age 31, passed away Wednesday, November 29, 2023, in Morris, Illinois. She was born March 21, 1992, to parents Robert Bates and DeAnn Ellis, in Mena, Arkansas.

Chelsi was a graduate of Mena High School, class of 2010. She was a homemaker by profession but had experience as a retail worker, most notably she worked at the Sunshine House Daycare. Chelsi had a very unique personality, with her tastes and interests ranging from crafting, gardening, and being an avid fan of all kinds of music (especially The Beatles), to being the biggest fan of The Boston Red Sox. Above all else, Chelsi loved her family, especially her children.

Ms. Bates is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Mike and Teresa Bates; maternal grandparents, Jim and Alta Flemens; and by her step-grandparents, Mike and Connie Brown.

She is survived by her son, Easton Luke Schoeppey; daughter, Juliet Ariel Schoeppey; mother and stepfather, DeAnn and Allen Ellis; father and stepmother, Robert and Jeannie Bates; brothers, Joshua Anthony Bates, Mathew Meade and wife Sophie, Adyen Ellis; sisters, Madison Ellis, Evelynn Ellis, Joscelyn Bates; niece, Maybree Bates; nephew, Dylan Meade; cousins, Carrie Lero, Jessica McDonald, Danielle Flemens Jones, Justin Flemens, Tiffany Simpson, Tyler Simpson, Jared Flemens, Rilee Jean Flemens, Jacob Dylan Flemens, Bryan Bates, Elijah Snider, Noah Snider; aunts, Peggy Sue Yenser, Jovan Flemens Thomas and husband Mike, Brandee “DeeDee” Wheeler and husband Mark; uncles, Roger Dale Flemens and wife June, Jerry Flemens, Mikeal Bates and wife Mona; as well as a host of other friends and family who will love and miss her.

Memorial services for Ms. Chelsi Aeriel Bates will be held Saturday, December 9, 2023, at 1:00 p.m., at the Beasley-Wood Chapel, in Mena, Arkansas. Joshua Ward will be officiating the services under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

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