Betty Eleanor Bartels Bates

December 24, 1925December 31, 2017

Betty Bartels Bates, age 92, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at Brookdale of Oakwood. She was born on December 24, 1925 to Hobart and Eleanor (Combs) Bartels. She was a 1942 graduate of Oakwood High School, 1947 graduate of The Ohio State University, and fulfilled a lifetime goal by graduating from The University of Dayton School of Law in 1981 as well as successfully passing the Ohio Bar Exam. Betty married the love of her life, Bob Bates, and cherished the fifty-five years they were together: volunteering in the community, most significantly at the Dayton Art Institute as Board Members and Art Ball Chairs. Bob and Betty were an integral part in co-founding the DAI OktoberFest as a museum fundraiser.

Betty was a Girl Scout Leader, PTO member and Room Mother for her four children. She was an active member of Kappa Alpha Theta, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Westminster Presbyterian Church and The Dayton Woman’s Club. She also was an avid gardener. Betty co-founded the first all female law practice in the City of Dayton, Bates, Riley, Sorrell & Tell.

Betty was preceded in death by her devoted husband and successful Dayton industrialist, Robert L. Bates and her younger sister, Carolyn Bosworth. She is survived by her four children Stephen (Cherrye) Bates, Linda (John) Heath, Catherine Brown, Libby (Jody) Totin, twelve grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial donations may be made to The Robert L. Bates Endowed Fund at The Ohio State University, School of Chemical Engineering.


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Betty Eleanor Bartels Bates

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Maggie Carper

January 8, 2018

Hello Libby: My mom Gert Croghan (Mrs.Harold Croghan) and I wanted to extend our most sincere condolences to you on the sad occasion of your Mother's passing. Both my mom and my late father genuinely liked and admired your mom and appreciated her talent as an attorney and philanthropist. Importantly, we all knew how much she loved you! She was first, foremost and always a proud mom; I know you'll miss her greatly.
God bless you during this difficult time, and please take good care,
Maggie Croghan Carper (Mrs. Matt Carper) Dayton, Ohio

Terry & Mario Carlomusto

January 8, 2018

You're in our thoughts and hearts at this difficult time, our sincerest condolences on your loss to you and your family.

January 8, 2018

Our heartfelt condolences to you Steve, and your family, on the loss of your Mother. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
From all at Starview

William Raridan

January 7, 2018

My condolences on your mothers passing.
The notice brings back fond memories of a gracious lady, the worlds best boss, and summer employment for really good kids.

J Mill

January 7, 2018

Expressions of condolences during your time of sorrow.

January 6, 2018

My condolences to your family, may this promise from God's Word bring comfort as we await its fulfillment: This is the will of my Father, that everyone who recognizes the Son and exercises faith in him should have everlasting life. John 6:40.

January 5, 2018

Please accept my condolences for your loss. Grief can be so hard, but the fond memories you cherish can comfort and sustain you during this time. Matthew 11:28, 29, 30

January 4, 2018

I am so sorry for your lost. May you find comfort in the God of all comfort because he cares for you. 1peter 5:6-7