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Mary Lee Bates

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Mary Bates was an outstanding citizen and contributor to her community and her country. She left the world a much better place than she found it.


Posted by: Brigit Farley - Pendleton, OR   May 30, 2012

Dear Mel and family; so sorry to hear about Mary's passing. I have so many memories of times in the Arlington school library and how she always managed to keep us all in line. My thoughts are with all of you. Pam


Posted by: Pamela Wachter - Pilot Rock, OR   May 30, 2012

We are all so blessed to have such a talented and wonderful spirit of a lady bless our lives. My heart goes out to Mary's family for there loss, but she is playing music in heaven with Jesus! Prayers and sympathy to those of us left behind. I remember as a waitress waiting on her and her family and the smile she had & the way she was with her children ya knew how much she loved them. She was

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Posted by: Staci & Andy Roberts - Pendleton, OR   May 30, 2012

I will always remember Mary's radiant smile - especially evident when she was talking about her beloved husband, or one of her children or grandchildren. I have never heard Mary say an unkind word about anyone - she always chose to believe the best in everyone - an attribute this world could use much more of. Mary, as you took your Saviors hand leading you to your eternal home, I pray that all will be comforted in knowing that the

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Posted by: Barb Rehberg - Pendleton, OR   May 30, 2012

We extend our deepest sympathy to the Bates family. We will always remember Mary for her kindness to our family when we first moved to Pendleton. The Hilliard Family Tom, Susan, Matthew, Evan


Posted by: Susan Hilliard - Pendleton, OR   May 29, 2012

What a wonderful lady and friend who strove to make a difference in this world. May you, Mary's loved ones, find strength in the love that surrounds you and cherish the beautiful memories that fill your heart. I have many good memories of times shared with Mary...especially serving in various capacities with her in AAUW at both the local and state level. Together, we trekked to many meetings and conventions, mostly held in the valley, and shared housing...she was very

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Posted by: Daisy Cochran - Oro Valley, AZ   May 29, 2012

May God be with you thru this time of need and with you forevermore.


Posted by: Clifford Bates - Burbank, WA   May 29, 2012

Warmest thoughts and prayers are sent to the family. Your mother and father have always greeted me with a smile and they always seemed to be so warm in presence over the years. Thank you for sharing your wife and mother with me. God Bless all of you. Love, Peggy Bronson


Posted by: peggy morris bronson - Pendleton, OR   May 29, 2012

My prayers and thoughts are with all of your family. I remember Mary well from her years in Lexington. I am so glad that she and Mr. Bates were able to attend the reunion that we all had at the school in Lexington in 2007. She was a great lady and I know she will be missed by all of her family and friends.


Posted by: Dora Sue Davidson Viall - OR   May 28, 2012

God Bless you Mary. You were like a 2nd mom to me. I remember the trip I took with you Mel and Marg to Yellowstone and Glacier and what a great time we had. I spent so much time at the house and ate countless hotdog pizza's which were Mel's speciality. God has gained a very special Angel and I hope and pray that you are in peace. When I think of you I will always smile and remember your

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Posted by: Linda Moll Russell - Meridian, ID   May 26, 2012