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Rosa "Helen" Scates

October 21, 1936 - April 8, 2022

Service Date April 10, 2022

Family and Friends can call at their convenience 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Saturday, April 9, 2022 at Memorial Funeral Home, 1102 Big Springs Road Maryville TN, 37801 to sign the book and view pictures of her life. A celebration of her life will be held late spring or early summer for an outdoor event. Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Sunday, on April 10, 2022, at Ballards Chapel Cemetery: 3979 Wrights Ferry Rd, Louisville, TN, 37777 with Rev. Bill Dixon and Rev. Cliffton Hearon officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Helen’s memory at or mail: Maryville Lions Club P.O. Box 802, Alcoa, TN 37701 – this club paid for her much-needed 1st pair of eyeglasses back in 1941 which daughter still has and cherishes dearly.

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Posted by:
Jenny Baker

Posted on:
April 14, 2022

Ms. Scates was the head nurse when I worked on the Med/Surge/Oncology floor in 1991 at Blount Memorial Hospital. I was 24 years old and pregnant. Toward the end of my pregnancy I was diagnosed Hodgkin's Disease. I had no family here in Tennessee and the staff on 5 South supported me and surrounded me with love and care. Ms. Scates was so kind and caring during this very difficult time in my life. Fast forward 14 years and I again had to face a cancer diagnosis of Acute Myloid Leukemia (caused by the treatments of radiation/chemo I had for Hodgkin's). I was admitted to 5 North this time at Blount Memorial for intensive chemotherapy and ended up being there for two months. I'll never forget when Ms. Scates came into my room to say Hi and check on me...I was so comforted to see a familiar face. At one point the nurses could not get an IV started and Ms. Scates came in and did it herself, taking special care to be as gentle as she could since I had been through so much. She was a very special nurse and I'll never forget her kindness. My deepest condolences to the family.

Posted by:
Debbie Teffeteller

Posted on:
April 10, 2022

Diana, she was one of the best nurses I had the privilege to work with at Blount. I'm sorry for the loss of your sweet mom.

Posted by:
Kim Hall Smith

Posted on:
April 9, 2022

Dianna , I'm so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.