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Jean Bates

1952 - 2014 BENNINGTON Louisa Jean Bates, 62, of Michaels Drive, died December 30, 2014 at UVMC in Burlington, from complications of radiation treatments due to her 35 year battle with cancer. Born in Bennington on April 17, 1952, she was the daughter of the late Betty and Kenneth Bleau. Jean was an accomplished athlete all through school and later played on the Greene's Oil women's softball team. Jean married Randall Bates on Jan. 9, 1971. They would have celebrated their 44th anniversary this January. She was a cook for much of her life and while in remission she, along with her husband, were the original owners who started North Side Diner in 1983. After the sale of the Diner, she worked at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center until illness forced her to retire. Her main interests were her family, home and watching the Boston Red Sox. She enjoyed working in her yard, many years of boating on Lake Champlain, her dog Josie and most of all spending time with her three grandchildren who she watched until they were old enough to start school. She also was very active for many years in Little League, as a coach, umpire and on the board of directors. Survivors include her husband, Randall; their son, Randy, his wife, Robin; and grandchildren, Randy Jr., Rylie and Rien Bates all of Pownal; her sisters, Marty Thomayer and Jennifer Femia; and brothers Charles, Harold, Chris, Matt and Mark Bleau; mother-in-law, Harriet George; a special aunt and uncle, Yvonne and Chapman Chamberlin; and many nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her parents and father-in-law, Emerson Bates. FUNERAL NOTICE: Friends may call at the MAHAR AND SON FUNERAL HOME in Bennington on Monday Jan. 5, 2015 from 11 - 1 p.m. The funeral will be held at the funeral home at 1 p.m. The burial will follow in the family lot at Park Lawn Cemetery. If friends desire contributions in memory of Jean may be made to Make-A-Wish of Vermont through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201. Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net


Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 2, 2015
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