Donna Bates, 81, was born in Hayfield, MN, the daughter of Gerhard and Claudine Leckness. She graduated from Hayfield High School. Donna died July 17 at her home in Little Falls, MN. In 1974, together with her husband, Robert, they moved to Little Falls and owned and operated Tom Thumb Superette. In 1985, they moved to Peoria, Arizona. Due to Robert's declining health, they returned to Little Falls in 2000. Then for several years, Donna worked as a desk clerk at Super 8.
She was preceded in death by husband, Robert; her parents, two sisters, and a twin brother and also by brother-in-law, William Bates, of Erhart, MN. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Bates of Little Falls, best friend, Thomas Schumacher, and several nieces and nephews scattered throughout the United States. She will be buried with Robert at Oakland Cemetery in Little Falls. She will be greatly missed by many.