Dorothy B Bates
27 June, 1925 – 22 June, 2020
Scarborough – Dorothy Bjorn Bates of Falmouth passed away on Monday June 22, 2020, five days before her 95th birthday while at Gosnell House. She was born in Falmouth, ME to Albert & Marian Ramsdell Bjorn. She attended local schools until graduating from Falmouth High in 1943.
Dottie married her childhood sweetheart Gerald M Bates Jr in May 1949 and together they shared 57 years of marriage before his death in 2006.
Growing up, she helped her sister Barbara exercise the horses at Payson Estate. After high school, she began working at various insurance companies working her way up to insurance adjuster and other duties.
While her husband was getting his masters, she worked for the Dean of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor as his private assistant. On off hours and after retiring she worked with her husband surveying properties all over the state. The two were very active outdoorsman – camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, skiing, sailing, snowmobiling – often taking his little brother Richard and their dog Spookie with them in the early days together. During those years, Dottie taught swimming at the Y after doing her own long distance swimming.
When they had spare time, they travelled all over the world – the Amazon, Africa, Australia, Europe, etc. right up to her husband’s death. Many times, they were the guests of the Canadian Government when canoeing the Allagash River. For many years, she worked with the Audubon Society on their annual Loon Count on Little Sebago Lake and was a member of the local Gray Grange Society. She was a true Mainer and remained independent living in her own home or camp until four months ago when she took her second fall.
Dottie is predeceased by her husband Gerald “Maynard” Bates Jr, her sister Barbara Bjorn Leighton and her husband George, her sister in law Alice Bates, and her beloved dog Spookie. She is survived by her brother in law Richard, niece Penelope, cousins Richard and Judy and their children. Also dear old friends, Ted and Delores Vail, Mark and Nancy Kearst, and their children, Madeline Taylor and Mary Morris Honin.
A graveside service was celebrated on June 2, 2020 at Pine Grove Cemetery in Falmouth.
You may offer your condolences or share your memories at www.lindquistfuneralhome.com
Thursday, 2 July , 2020
Dorothy B Bates
11 July 2020
I met Dorothy in 2006 while I was admiring a wildflower near her camp at Little Sebago. She stopped her car to talk about the flower and we immediately became friends. I will always remember her and miss her. She especially loved the one-flowered wintergreen.
Sue Stanley Geyer
3 July 2020
I have not seen Dorothy in probably 60 years but I still remember her wonderful smile. As a little girl I would see her at Town Landing beach where she swam on a regular schedule. Always friendly she encouraged me to swim. A beautiful lady is now with God.
30 June 2020
My deepest sympathy and condolence to Richard and Penny and hearty thank you for all their care and concern for Dorothy over the years.
-Fond memories of our visits to I-Hop for weekly dinners and our revisiting memories of our husbands, who never knew each other, but were both involved in survey.
-My first introduction to Dorothy via her sister, my friend Barbara, and the three of us eating together, usually at The Lotus restaurant in Falmouth or occasionally at The Red Sands in, Windham.
-Remembering too her constant black lab companion(s) and her daily walks with them and them in the car with her.
-Her thankfulness for the continual support of her brother-in-law and niece.
-trips to the Lake house at Little Sebago during the season.
-Our comparing notes regarding Rangeley Lake.
Dorothy will be and is sorely missed.
Until we meet again by the grace of God.