In 1896 Lovell Rose Bates married Mildred Edna Lee Roads b. 1878 TX d. before 1817. Children of that marriage were: Bertha Beatrice b. 1897, Lovell Dee b. 1900, Clarence Cecil b. 1903, Baxter b. 1908, William Merle b. 1910, Lawrence Edward b. 1913.
In 1918 he married Mildred Ellen Myers b. 1898 OK., d. Dec.2000. Children were: William Jennings Bryan Bates b. 1920, Mildred Lorane b. 1921, Ruby Mae b. 1928.
I think I've finally figured it out or at least I hope so. Both wife'snames were Mildred E. Bates. Thanks for your help. Susie Bates