Deborah Rice Bates, 69, widow of Robert Lee Bates Jr., of Lexington, died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. Born on July 1, 1948, in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Earle and Elton Tuggle Rice. Mrs. Bates devoted her life to teaching children at Good Shepherd Day School. Survivors include two sons, Benjamin (Beth) Bates and Christopher (Carrie) Bates; three grandchildren, Connor, Landon and Madison Bates; a brother, Barry (Debbie) Rice and a sister, Vicki Rice. Services were held Tuesday, Dec. 12, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road. Burial followed at Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 21903, Lexington, KY 40522.