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Marjorie Jane "Marge" Blankenship Bates
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Birth: Nov. 14, 1933
Alameda County
California, USA
Death: Jan. 19, 2013

Marjorie Jane Bates Former Lafayette Resident Marjorie "Marge" Jane Bates, 79, passed away January 19, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born November 14, 1933 in Oakland, CA and spent the first 23 years of her life in the Lafayette area. She is survived by her husband Lee G. Bates, D.V.M. of 58 years who she first met in seventh grade at Lafayette Grammar School, her four sons Scott, Bruce, Burt, and Todd, eight grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents Merle and Evelyn Blankenship and sister Betty Fairclough. Marge owned and operated a Western store in Jackson, CA, raised four rambunctious boys, worked on their numerous vineyards and ranches, then later in life pursued doll making and oil painting. After retiring in Netarts, Oregon she and her husband loved to travel in their RV going to art shows across the West, selling art, and meeting artists as well as taking their grandchildren on many summer vacations. With her husband Lee, Marge moved to Las Vegas in her final (too) few years where she could occasionally be found playing her favorite slot machine. Marge, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, will be laid to rest January 28, 2013, 1 p.m. at The Lafayette Cemetery, 3285 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA. Her beautiful spirit will continue to inspire us to live, love, and laugh as she would want us to. We will remember her, miss her, love her, and celebrate her everyday. She will be missed more than our hearts can bear.
Published in Contra Costa Times on January 27, 2013 
Lafayette Cemetery
Contra Costa County
California, USA
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Record added: Feb 06, 2013
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Marjorie Jane Marge <i>Blankenship</i> Bates
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