Kathryn Margaret Bates

December 6, 1914January 19, 2012

Kathryn Margaret (Campbell) Bates, age 97, passed away on January 19, 2012 in the White Horse area near Darrington. Kathryn was born on December 6, 1914 near Darrington, at the foot of White Horse Mountain, to John and Elizabeth Campbell. The house where she was born still stands and serves as a family reunion gathering place for her extended family of four generations. Kathryn was one of eight children. She attended White Horse Grade School, Irving School, where she remembered walking two miles to school in three feet of snow, and graduated from Darrington High School in 1933. She moved to Seattle where she worked until marrying Walter T. Bates in July 1937. They moved back to Darrington and enjoyed residing there through their 69 years of marriage, living in their home for 60 years. They were proud of their garden which was reputed to be the best in town. Kathryn canned or shared the fruits and vegetables from her garden with her friends in town. She was an active community member. She helped raise money to build the Darrington Clinic, was a member of the Darrington Senior Center, the Garden Club, and enjoyed her pinochle club. She also volunteered her services at the National Archery Tournament. Kathryn worked at several stores in town and retired from Darrington Post Office after 13 years. She was known for her lemon pies, Tarheel beans, and dill pickles. Three years after her husband’s passing Kathryn moved to Olympic Place in Arlington. Although Kathryn met and enjoyed many special friends there, Darrington always remained her home in her heart. She found many reasons to continue to spend time in Darrington and return to live out her final days near her birth place and with a view of her beloved White Horse Mountain. Preceding Kathryn in death were her parents, her loving husband, her four sisters and her three brothers. Kathryn is survived by her son, Jack (Rickie) Bates of Arlington, WA; granddaughter Kristen (Norman) Fischer and great grandsons, Karl and Andreas of Colfax, WA; Loren (Nichole) Bates and great grandsons, Isaac and Holden of Bellingham, WA; and grandson, Brandon Bates of Vancouver, B.C. She also leaves several nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Dr. Gary Schillhammer, Hospice of Snohomish County and Avalon Family Group Home in Darrington for the loving care they provided Kathryn. Viewing will be held Friday, January 27, 2012, noon to 5:00pm at Weller Funeral Home, 327 N MacLeod Ave, Arlington, WA. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 11:00am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1200 E 5th St, Arlington, WA. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to: Darrington Clinic, P.O. Box 309, Darrington, WA 98241; Saint John Vianney Catholic Church, P.O. Box 69, Arlington, WA 98223 or Darrington Memorial Dinners, P.O. Box 608, Darrington, WA 98241. Arrangements under the direction of Weller Funeral Home, Arlington, WA.


  • Visitation Friday, January 27, 2012
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, January 28, 2012

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Merlene Tibbets Buller

January 28, 2012

Dear Jack and Family,
What a great privelege it was to have known your Mom! She was such an inspiring person to look up to (the fantastic garden, her participation in our school doings, and all the other interesting ways she was active) yet she was such a comfortable person. I think she loved us all. In the trust that your many wonderful memories will help take away at least some of the sting, know that you are in my heart.

Melody Putnam Honeycutt

January 28, 2012

Jack,I am sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She was a great person and she always made my Dad laugh. It makes me smile to think of the parties that group is having in heaven now.

Mildred&ViAnne Reece

January 27, 2012

Jack and family,
We have many great momories of your mother, at card parties, out in the garden, and just around the kitchen table. She will be greatly missed by all. You will always have the momories forever, so keep them close to you heart.
~~MIldred and ViAnne~~

January 26, 2012

Jack and family please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. we're so sorry for your loss.

Tim and Jackie Romo

January 26, 2012

Sorry for you loss Jack and family. I remember walking by their house on the way to school every morning when I was a youngster and we still lived on Sauk St. She had a good life with her family and all her friends in Darrington.

Judy White O'Connor

January 25, 2012

Jack and family, the passing of your wonderful Mom hits our whole community hard. She and your Father were such a huge part of our community. She was a good friend to my father, Red and his sister Ruth. She was constant in a lot of our lives from childhood on. I walk by their home now and there's no garden, it truly was the very best in town. Her wit and smile will be greatly missed. May all your wonderful memories of her help heal your hearts. You were so blessed to have her as your Mom as we were all blessed to have known her.

January 25, 2012

To Jack,Rickie and family.
I am so sorry to read the news that my dear friend Katherine had passed away. We have had so many fun times over the years, so I will always have many great memories of her and WAlter.I am sorry that I am in Arizona, so will not be able to attend the service for her. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Shirley and Ray Breum(Dorsey)

Willard Massingale

January 25, 2012

Walter & Kathryn Bates were great people and good friends. I have know them well over 50 years, and it was always a pleasure to talk to them. They had a lot of great years together and will be very much missed by all who knew them.May God comfort Dan and the rest of the family during this great loss.


Home of where Kathryn was born.
Serves as the site of four generations
of family reunions.