JoAnne Bates

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JoAnne Bates, 77, of Gaylord, passed away Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at McLaren Northern Michigan hospital in Petoskey, Michigan.

She was born to Theodore and Alice (Weichert) Evans on November 16, 1943, in Pontiac, Michigan.

JoAnne enjoyed doing arts and crafts in her spare time.  She also enjoyed cooking, especially when she was getting to spend time with her family.  JoAnne loved animals.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

JoAnne is survived by her husband, Rickard; children, Theodore Bates and Tammy Bates; and sister, Marilyn Broders.

As per JoAnne’s wishes, cremation has taken place and the family has chosen to remember her privately at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Otsego County Animal Shelter, 256 Fairview Rd, Gaylord, MI 49735. 

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

7 comments on “JoAnne Bates”

  1. To the Bates Family,
    I’m very sorry for your loss, I had the privilege of working with Joanne at the Holiday Inn back in the day, she was a great person to work with.

  2. To the Bates Family,
    Our hearts are with you as you grieve the loss of your wonderful mother. She was always smiling and happy when we were around. And her cooking!!! We loved going to see her at Holiday Inn for dinner. Your mom will be missed by many.
    Condolences from the Boron and Falk Families.

  3. So sorry to hear of JoAnne’s passing. I worked with Rick at Standard Products/ Cooper Standard. I also have bought several of JoAnne’s painted bent fork picture/ recipe holders, over the years, when we would see her and Rick at craft shows. She always made sure to have a shamrock one for me! ☘️ Such a nice lady! My condolences to the family. May your happy memories of her bring you peace.
    Mary Conroy. ( formerly Gapinski )

  4. Lisa Cancilla (Sylvester)

    Ted and Tammy, I’m sorry for the loss of your mom, please give your dad my condolences. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Lori Gonzalez (Sylvester)

    Rick, Ted and Tammy,
    I am so very sorry for the loss of your wife and mom. I have many many fond memories of her. She was such a beautiful lady and I always cared about her. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time.
    Lori Gonzalez (Sylvester)

  6. Aunt Jo was a rare and lovely spirit who touched the lives of her nieces and nephews and extended family through her talents and gifts. She was quiet and unassuming, but always willing to help out. We will so miss her presence at our family gatherings, but her spirit will live on in our hearts and we will remember her each time we eat a cookie that could have been that much better had she made it for us. Godspeed to your next adventure, Aunt Jo. I wish I had known that our last time together was to be our last.

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