Margaret Frink-Bates

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Vancouver Funeral Chapel | Funeral Homes Vancouver WA
110 East 12th Street
Vancouver, WA

July 7, 1914 ~ May 27, 2011
"She will be greatly missed by us all."

Margaret Frink-Bates, 96, of Vancouver, WA, passed away on May 27, 2011. She was born July 7, 1914 in the Daybreak community near Battle Ground, WA to Buren Burt and Bessie (Colby) Burt, the youngest of five children. She graduated from Vancouver High School in 1932.
Margaret was an avid competitor, be it bowling, golf, horseshoes, shooting pool or playing cards. All too often she had to throw the game to maintain family harmony.
On Oct. 14, 1934 she married Andrew "Dan" Frink. Dan later joined the Army Air Corps (later called the U.S. Air Force) and they had various homes throughout the country, living once in Japan, a country and people they both loved. Margaret and Dan had three sons, Gerald Duane, Thomas David, and Steven Arthur. Dan passed away on May 17, 1978.
After living on her own for 12 years, Margaret married Jerry Bates on April 26, 1990. Jerry passed away on Dec. 4, 2000.
She was also preceded in death by her sons, Steven who was killed in action in Vietnam in 1968 and Jerry who died in a boating accident in 1980.
In addition to thousands of wonderful memories and hundreds of friends, Margaret is leaving behind her son, Thomas; two daughters-in-law, Jerry's wife Carolyn and Thomas' wife Judy; four grandchildren, Christine, Daniel (Michelle) and Steven (Annika) Frink, and Theresa (Alex) McMurry; and two great-grandchildren, Donovan Frink and Tess McMurry.
A service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, June 6 at Vancouver Funeral Chapel, 110 E 12th St., Vancouver, WA 98660.
In lieu of flowers please contribute to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements under the direction of Vancouver Funeral Chapel, Vancouver, WA.
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Published in The Columbian on June 3, 2011
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