Bette H. Bates
1929 - 2020
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Bette H. Bates

Fenwick Island - Bette H. Bates, age 90, of Fenwick Island finished her journey on earth on November 13, 2020 at Brandywine Assisted Living of Fenwick Island in Selbyville. She was born in Frankford on December 31, 1929 and was the daughter of the late Ervin Hudson and the late Ada and Earl Tingle of Selbyville.

Bette was a graduate of the Class of 1947 at John M. Clayton High School. After working in Washington DC for several years, she returned to Fenwick to become a partner in building the Seaside Country Store in Fenwick Island with her husband David Bates. She loved all sports and was quite a basketball player in high school. Dancing and teaching it was a big part of her life along with attending golf tournaments, antiquing and searching through craft shows. She enjoyed many cruises.

She was a member of St. Matthews By The Sea United Methodist Church in Fenwick Island.

She is survived by her nieces, Amy Cordeaux Vickers of Fenwick Island, Diane Gerard of Mobile, AL, Betty Jean Hudson of Harrisonburg, VA; great nephews, John Cordeaux and Max Vickers; a great niece, Amber Gerard; her cousins, Donna Bunting, Terry Carey and Betsy Mitchell and a sister-in-law, Gloria Hudson.

She was preceded in death by her 1st husband, Dale Ellingsworth in 1959 and her 2nd husband, David Bates in 2000; a brother, Edward Hudson and a sister, Norma Hohmeier.

A private graveside service will be held at Roxana Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to St. Matthews By The Sea United Methodist Church, 1000 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick Island, DE 19944.

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Published in The News Journal from Nov. 16 to Nov. 17, 2020.
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November 20, 2020
Remembering all our good times at Hillsborrow Light Towers in Pompano Beach, Fl. Then our visits many times at the beach over our years after leaving Fl. Had lots of laughs, and would meet over the summers for lunch when I'd come into town, reminiscing the good old days for hours. I feel blessed to have had her as a dear friend. She was a "classy lady" who enjoyed life to the fullest. Rest in peace dear, with your beloved Dave. Love, Phyllis

Phyllis Davis
November 20, 2020
When I think of my Aunt Bette, I remember three summers working at the beach in both Fenwick and Ocean City.
These are some of my best memories of her and include a gathering of guests, friends, and co-workers in the lobby of the Seaside Motel in July of 1969 to watch the landing on the moon. For many years I did not see her but enjoying her company and her lively spirit in recent years is something I will always cherish. She even came to visit us in Alabama and was o much fun. I am so happy she got to know my daughter Amber and my husband Joe who just loved the way she fried eggs spooning bacon grease over them as they cooked. I will miss you Aunt Bette. You bring many happy memories to mind. Your niece, Diane
Diane Gerard
November 18, 2020
God bless our ms Betty. We will surely miss your wit and your joy for puzzles and bingo ;) I thank you for allowing me to help care for you my sweet Betty.
November 17, 2020
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