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Mary Jean Ford Bates
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Birth: Mar. 7, 1924
Death: Jan. 14, 2010

Jean Ford Bates, 85, of Midlothian, Va., died after a brief illness.

She was born Mary Jean Ford on March 7, 1924 to Clara Mae Thompson Ford and Charles William Ford in Richmond, Va. She was raised in Buchanan, Va. She graduated in the class of 1944 from Mary Washington College and married Paul Bassett Bates in 1946. Her professional career included legal secretary for Hunton & Williams law firm in Richmond, administrative assistant to the head of the Civil Engineering department at Virginia Tech and a 15-year career with DuPont/Spruance including roles as research librarian, executive assistant to the plant manager and personnel supervisor. Most of all, Jean loved life, her family, friends and caring for her home.

In addition to her sweetheart husband, she is survived by daughters, Marilyn B. Headley (Dennis) of Midlothian, Va., Nancy B. Allen (Barry) of Rougemont, N.C., and Peggy B. Kunnen (Jim) of Richmond, Va.; six grandchildren, Neil Scott Headley, Catherine Jean VanDyke (Peter), David Ryan Kunnen (Renee), Lisa Ann Kunnen, Dorothy Jean Allen and Peter Woodward Allen; and two great-grandchildren, Carter Paul VanDyke and Alyssa Jean VanDyke.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2010 at Salisbury Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m. with a reception to follow. A private burial will take place at Fairview Cemetery, Buchanan, Va. For their exceptional care, the family wishes to thank the staff of Chippenham Hospital, Hospice of Virginia, Dr. W. Philip Morrissette III and his nurse, Kim. 
Family links: 
  Charles William Ford (1890 - 1924)
  Clara Mae Thompson Ford (1891 - 1956)
Fairview Cemetery
Botetourt County
Virginia, USA
Maintained by: Marilyn
Originally Created by: Pat
Record added: Jan 15, 2010
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Mary Jean <i>Ford</i> Bates
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Mary Jean <i>Ford</i> Bates
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Mary Jean <i>Ford</i> Bates
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We love and miss you, Mom!
- Marilyn
 Added: Sep. 18, 2011

- Pat
 Added: Mar. 18, 2010

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