Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA

Shirley Ann Bates

Shirley Ann Bates

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Shirley Ann Bates, 73, a resident of Sedro-Woolley, passed away August 6, 2015 at the Cross Creek Adult Family Home.

Shirley was born on June 27, 1942 in Ellensburg, WA the third of four daughters to Eddie and Lydia (Rickensrud) Vergin. At an early age she moved to the upper Samish Valley of Skagit County with her mother & stepfather, Lydia & Ervin Redding, and three sisters. Shirley attended Samish Grade School, Central Grade School, Cascade Middle School, and graduated from Sedro-Woolley High School with the class of 1961.

Shirley married Don Bates on October 21, 1961 in Sedro-Woolley. They raised two children, Patricia and Don Jr. and resided in Sedro-Woolley.

Shirley enjoyed spending time with her friends and family. She loved camping and she spent many years volunteering with Sedro-Woolley Little League.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Don Bates Sr.; her son, Don Bates Jr. and wife Robyn; granddaughter, Kendal Bates; her sisters, Delores Bowser and her husband Terry and Lucille Wood; her brother-in-law Bert Athearn and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her daughter, Patricia; paternal father, Eddie Vergin; mother & stepfather, Lydia and Ervin Redding; her sister, Arlene Athearn, and nephews Dennis and David Wood.

Remembrances may be made to the Scholarship Fund at Sedro-Woolley Eagles, FOE 2069 Axillary.

A small family gathering will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.


  • Wayne Osborne

    Don, So sorry to here the news of your loss, our thoughts are with you and your family.

  • David and Ann Lyne

    We will always remember Shirley’s smile and the KOA swim we shared with her and your family. So long ago, but wonderful memories. May you always smile in her memory and know she loved you all so very much.

  • Pat Williams

    It is with fondness in remembering Shirley.
    Shirley was a dear classmate in 6th grade at Samish School when I was new to the area. I’m grateful for her compassion and friendship to all who knew her.
    My thoughts and prayers to her family.

  • Dennis & Evonne Moran

    Donnie, Robin and Family
    So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Our prayers are with you and your family.

    Dennis & Evonne Moran

  • Nicki Cromarty Chen

    My condolences to Shirley’s family. She will be missed. Shirley was my classmate at Sedro-Woolley High School.

  • Norm & Linda Mitchell

    We are so sorry for the loss of your loved one. We know this leaves a void in the lives of those who are left, but remember all of the good times that you have had together and these memories will help with the healing in time. Know that you have many friends and family who are with you during this difficult time and are there for you at any time. Our Condolences.