The Norman Transcript

August 4, 2013

Bates celebrate 25 years together


The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Steve and Shirley Bates, of Norman, celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary today.

Steve met Shirley (Seiter) Huskinson at work at the General Motors paint department in November 1984. They started dating in May 1985 before marrying Aug. 4, 1988, in Weatherford.

Shirley was born and raised in Norman. She lived in Oklahoma City for 16 years before moving back to Norman. Steve grew up in southeast Oklahoma around Hugo. He moved to Oklahoma City to work at General Motors.

Steve and Shirley worked at General Motors for 30 years and are now retired. They both transferred in 2008 to Arlington, Texas, for a short while after the Oklahoma City Assembly plant closed. They retired there in 2009. They are members of United Auto Workers and St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Steve and Shirley have an 80-acre ranch near Lake Thunderbird, where they raise cattle and horses.

They have three children: a daughter, Jamie, and two sons, Shane and Steven. They also have three grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren.