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Mary along with Mel were like an aunt & uncle to me. It was fun to spend time with them at the Pendleton round-up and my friend, their neice, Katie Bennett. Mary was a strong force and will be missed.


Posted by: Suzi Gordon-Yasi - Bend, OR   Aug 30, 2012

Uncle Mel, Kathy, Dick, Ron, Marge, and your families. I feel sadness at losing a part of my family. But I Know that sorrow will pass, and the many joyful memories of Life will endure. With Love Chuck


Posted by: Chuck Bates - Maple Falls, WA   Jun 05, 2012

I've known the Bates family since I was a child. Mrs. Bates was a very honest, and nice person. She will be missed by all.


Posted by: Mildred Willingham - Pasco, WA   Jun 04, 2012

Dear Bates Family, Forty or 41 years have passed since I first met Mary. She was one of my professors at the University of Oregon when I was pursuing a master's degree in library science. Mary was wonderful - full of life, energetic, knowledgeable, adamant for the issues she championed, supportive, and an all-around-good and loyal friend. Each Christmas we shared a list of those books we had read that we considered the best. My wife joins me in extending

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Posted by: John C. Board - Helena, MT   Jun 03, 2012

Dear Family, Mary was my mentor and friend. We worked together at BMCC to build from the ground up the library that is now a showcase of her efforts. You must be very proud of her. Sincerely, Marjorie Hoeft


Posted by: Marjorie Hoeft - Ashland, OR   Jun 02, 2012

Mary was a true friend, colleague and mentor. She was a quality person in every way. As her assistant in the library, side by side, for over twenty-five years, we work together in harmony to make BMCC library the high quality institution that it became under Mary’s leadership. She preached and practice service. It was an honor to be her friend and colleague. We had many long conversations traveling on long drives to library conferences, discussing and sharing ideas on

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Posted by: Tony Svetich - Pendleton, OR   Jun 01, 2012

We are so sorry that Mary is no longer with us. She was a wonderful caring and compassionate person. We will miss her.


Posted by: Karen and Don Allen - Pendleton, OR   Jun 01, 2012

Dave and I will miss Mary as will so many others who have met and loved her wonderful guidance for so many years. Our best wishes to her wonderful family. Please know how much we appreciate you each sharing her with us.


Posted by: JUDY PRICE - ATHENA, OR   Jun 01, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers to the Bates family. Mary was such a lady and will be remembered for so many wonderful things especially her kindness and that radiant smile. God bless you Willie Willingham and family


Posted by: Bettie Willingham Travis - Pasco, WA - Friend   Jun 01, 2012

Mary Bates started me on a lifelong love for the piano and the flute in the summer of 1957. I got a bachelor of music, master of music, taught at BMCC. I have taught piano for over 36 years, as well as flute, and vocal music in public schools. I wish I had had the benefit of her fantastic instruction many more years than i got. I would be a more versatile pianist, and had better technique going into college

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Posted by: Granella Key Thompson - weston, OR   May 31, 2012