Joan Veronica Bates of Dover (Leipsic) died Wednesday August 24, 2011 at home. She was 73.


Joan Veronica Bates of Dover (Leipsic) died Wednesday August 24, 2011 at home. She was 73.

Mrs. Bates was born March 28, 1938 in Milmont Park, Pennsylvania to the late James J. Maguire and Margaret Kearns Maguire.

Mrs. Bates had worked as a nurse’s aide for many years. She enjoyed being with her family and friends and doing arts & crafts.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Philip Bates, Jr. 1999; sons, Harry A. Bates, 1974, Charles E. Bates, 2008 and sister Janet Edmiston.

She is survived by her son, Philip Bates, III of Hillsboro, OR; daughters, Valory Seager and her husband Jerry of Leipsic, DE, Patricia Kowalski and her husband Robert of New Castle, DE, Deborah Springer and husband James of New Castle, DE and Susan Reuben and her husband David of Felton, DE; sisters, Maureen Maguire and Dennis Maguire both of Trenton, NJ; thirteen grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

A funeral service was held at 12 p.m., Saturday, August 27, 2011 at Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 S. Bradford Street, Dover. Friends may call one hour prior. Interment will be in the Lawn Croft Cemetery, Linwood, PA.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to Delaware Hospice, 911 S. Dupont Highway, Dover, DE 19901.

Letters of condolence may be sent, and guestbook signed at torbertfuneral.com.