She met her husband, Christopher Bates, as a teenager. They got married in the early 1940's and moved to Little Rock, Arkansas. They operated in the Arkansas State Press, a weekly African American newspaper.
She returned to Little Rock in the mid-1960's and spent much of her time on community programs.
Christopher died in 1980 and after she resuscitated their newspaper from 1984 to 1988. Daisy Bates died on November 4, 1999 in Little Rock, Arkansas.
She had received numerous awards including a honorary degree from the university of Arkansas. Bates is best remembered as a guiding force behind one of the biggest segregation battles.