ABBIE ANN BATES
August 5, 1921 ~ December 19, 2015
Abbie Ann Bates, 94, passed away Dec. 19, 2015 at a Vancouver, WA hospital. She was born Aug. 5, 1921 in Colfax, Dunn County, WI, the daughter of Albert Richard Burling and Anna Lena Woods. She was educated in Wisconsin and moved to Reedsport, OR with her parents and eight siblings in 1937. The memorable trip was highlighted when their truck and house trailer became snow bound in Elkton, OR.
Abbie married Henry L. Miller on May 22, 1942 in Santa Barbara, CA. They moved to Vancouver, WA about 1948. Henry died in 1971 and Abbie married her second husband, Edwin L. Bates in 1972. They were dedicated members of the First Presbyterian Church for over 50 years. Early on, Abbie taught Sunday School. As members of the church choir, they enjoyed trips to Europe where they performed with the vocal choir and Bell choir. Abbie was a member of the Presbyterian Women's Committee. Ed and Abbie were active in the Good Sam Camping Club, traveling over the United States extensively. She was a member of the Maapers, enjoyed cross country skiing, reading, knitting, and was into fitness, swimming every day at the Lake Shore Athletic Club. She was an avid gardener and especially loved flowers. Abbie met life's challenges with inspirational spirit and grace and was a loving aunt to her extended family.
Abbie is survived by her daughter-in-law, Carol Miller; step-sons, Charles, Curtis, and Clifford Bates; brothers, Richard D. and David Burling; and 23 nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Henry Miller; and Edwin Bates; brother, Merle; and sisters, Marileen Hamme, Betty DiBendedeto, Bonnie Barnett, and Elva Winegar.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sat., Jan. 9, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church, 4200 Main St., Vancouver, WA 98663.
In lieu of flowers, charitable gifts can be made to Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Portland, OR or First Presbyterian Church, Vancouver, WA.
Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits
Published by The Columbian on Jan. 3, 2016.