May W. (Wheatcroft) Bates

Born: Wed., Jul. 19, 1922
Died: Fri., Dec. 20, 2019

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May Bates (affectionately know as “Nannie” by her family) passed away on Friday, December 20, 2019.


She was born in Newark-Nottingham, England on July 19, 1922. She was inducted into the British Army and served 3 years during WW II. May met her husband; Walter Leon Bates, who was in the U.S. Army stationed in England. They were married in the Church of England in 1944. They had a baby girl; Jean E. Bates. May and her 10-month-old baby came to America in 1946, she as a war bride and reunited with “Wally” in New York City. After a year living in Hartford, CT, they settled in Wally’s home town in the Brandon-Forest Dale area for over 70 years. 60 of those years were in the little house on Seminary Hill in Brandon.


May loved her community and they loved her. If she knew you, then she was your friend. She leaves us memories of her beautiful smile, her big heart and her never failing faith in God. She will always be known, for the welcoming chairs on her front lawn and the tea and cookies around her kitchen table.


May is predeceased by her husband; Wally and her daughter Jean Bates Hewitt. May’s saddened family include; Jeannie’s husband; David Hewitt and Josephine Corner of Hubbardton, Jackie Larocque of Salisbury and Jack Sherry, her son; Michael A. Bates of Ft. Myers, FL, Michael’s 4 children are; Michael Alan II, Kathleen, Elizabeth and Walter Alan Bates, Jackie’s children are; Julie May Baker and her husband Bill of Waynesville, NC, also Casey Larocque of Sudbury and the mother of May’s 3 great grandchildren is April Smith of Shoreham, their names are; Jade, Sophie and Vance Larocque. May will be missed by many, especially her friend; Sheila Smitker.


The memorial service “In Celebration of Her Life” will be held on January 4, 2020, at 12 noon, at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon, where friends may pay their respects to the family from 11 AM until service time at 12.


In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made, in her memory to; St. Thomas & Grace Episcopal Church, 19 Conant Square, Brandon, VT 05733.


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Andrea Ogilvie
   Posted Fri January 03, 2020
My parents George & Evelyn (Atwood) Lake were friends with Walt and May Bates in the late 40's and early 50's before the Lakes relocated to Chittenden County.
My mother used to mention May in one of her stories.
May, on one of her first American Thanksgivings, decided to make a pumpkin pie and was quite proud of her accomplishment.
On being offered a piece my mother replied that she was quite full and would perhaps have a piece later.
My father was offered a piece and replied that he loved pumpkin pie.
My mother insisted that he should only have a small piece, but he insisted that he wasn't so full that he wouldn't enjoy a large piece.
What my mother realized and my father didn't was that the bright orange color of the pie filling was an indication that May had left out the milk and possibly the eggs to thin the pumpkin before baking.
My parents enjoyed both Walt and May's company many decades ago.
I hope that overall, in her 97 years on this earth, May had a happy life.

bob sherwood
   Posted Sun January 05, 2020
dear jackie so sorry to hear about your loss please accept our deepest sympathies from the entire sherwood family

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