Margaret M. Bates

obit-batesBAR HARBOR/ELLSWORTH – Margaret M. Bates, 87, died Sept. 1, 2016, at an Ellsworth health care facility. She was born Oct. 2, 1928, in Patten, the daughter of Ira E. and Beatrice Howie (Curry) Myrick.

In the late ’60s, she worked at the Shin Pond House for several years in Mt. Chase, and in 1969 moved to MDI and started at the Frenchman’s Bay Motel, where she worked for seven years. She also worked in a variety of retail and restaurants in the Bar Harbor area. She liked to play bridge in Florida five days a week. She was a member of the Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church in Patten since April 1939 and attended the Bar Harbor Congregational Church.

Margaret is survived by two sons: Kenneth E. Bates and wife, Beth, of Patten and David I. Bates of Senoia, Ga., one daughter, Claudia Collier and husband, Richard, of Bar Harbor. Five grandchildren; Todd Bates, Mark Bates and wife, Edwina, Kristina Bates-Thomas and husband, Tim Thomas, Melissa Devos and husband, Peiter, and Carrie Walsh and Chris Walsh, great-grandchildren, Kendra Bryer, Dillan, Camden and Brady Walsh, Trystan and Tarquin Bates; special friends at Harbor Hills Estates and Barefoot Bay Community, Fla.

Memorial services will be held 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, at Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home, 1139 Main St., Ellsworth, ME 04605.

Interment will be at Ledgelawn Cemetery, Bar Harbor.

Contributions in Margaret’s memory may be made to the Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church, 7 Houlton St., Patten, ME 04765 or Hancock County Home Care and Hospice, P.O. Box 156, Blue Hill, ME 04614.

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