Barbara Bates

Obituary of Barbara Bates

Barbara Maynard Bates, beloved wife of Harry Bates and mother of Allan and Deborah, passed away peacefully at home on April 19, 2012 at the age of 88. Born in 1923, Barbara spent her youth in White Plains and Troy, New York. She studied at Emma Willard School and Bryn Mawr College, and upon graduation from college in 1945, taught Latin at Emma Willard prior to her marriage in 1949 to Harry Bates of Philadelphia. They were happily married for 62 years at the time of her death. She was a passionate gardener, reader and cook, and was well-known for her love of animals. She taught Latin and Spanish in Orchard Park, New York before retiring in 1983 and relocating with Harry to Princeton, New Jersey, where they have lived for nearly three decades. In retirement, Barbara was an enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer at the annual Bryn Mawr College used book sale for many years. Barbara is survived by her husband, two children and their spouses, and four grandchildren. She was always kind and generous, and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. In lieu of flowers, please donate and support the Bryn Mawr-Wellesley Book Sale .
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