Mother Coates is a resident of Belzoni, Mississippi. She is a member of Redeem Church of God in Christ in Belzoni under the leadership of Pastor Calvin Ball and serves on the Mother’s Ministry, Board of Trustees and Sunday School teacher. 

Mother Coates was a breastfeeder of nine children and believes that breastfeeding is much healthier than formula for children. She believes that breastfeeding also helped her children be gentle and mild-mannered.

She enjoys attending church and says she has done everything twice.