Betty Jean Bates, 85, of Port Washington, passed away at her Port Washington residence on Friday afternoon (Oct. 11, 2013).
Betty was born in Beverly, Ohio, Washington County, on March 29, 1928, the daughter of the late Dennie B. and Roxie Mae Full Albright. She attended Beverly High School. Together with her husband, Betty was the owner and operator of Bates Metal Products Inc., Port Washington, for 57 years. She also served Bates Metal Products as secretary/treasurer. Betty enjoyed shopping on the TV home shopping channels and was a big fan of the Face Book game, Farmville.
Betty is survived by her husband, James A. Bates, Port Washington, whom she married on Aug. 18, 1945. Betty and Jim just celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary. Betty is also survived by two sons, James W. and wife, Renee Bates, Cambridge, and Terry L. and wife, Jan Bates, Gnadenhutten. Also surviving to cherish her memories are her six grandchildren - Jennifer and husband, Dr. John Porter, North Royalton, Nicole and husband, Robert Roth, Port Washington, Bryan and wife, Jody Bates, Hood River, Oregon, Brandon and wife, Taneka Bates, Dennison, Jamie Fulton, Gnadenhutten, and Kelly and husband, Brian Kohler, Gnadenhutten; 14 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews in the Bates family.
Funeral services to celebrate Betty's life will be held on Tuesday (Oct. 15) at 2 p.m., in the Ourant Funeral Home. Mr. Thomas Gardner will conduct the services. Burial will follow in Salem-Union Cemetery, Port Washington. Visiting hours will also be held on Tuesday, beginning at noon until the 2 p.m. funeral. The family is requesting that memorials be made in Betty's name to the Community Hospice of Tuscarawas, Carroll, and Stark Counties, 710 Commercial Ave., SW, New Philadelphia, 44663.