Dorothy Gainsley Bates

March 6, 1929June 3, 2013

Dorothy (Gainsley) Bates passed away early Monday morning June 3, 2013 at her Dexter area home surrounded by her loving family after a long illness. She was born March 6, 1929 in Grand Rapids, MI to Gerald P. and Ethelyn (Abbey) Gainsley, the third of seven children. Her family moved while she was young to Ann Arbor and then Dexter. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1946 from the old Copeland School. On January 3, 1948 she married Harry C. Bates in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Dexter. He survives.

Over the years she worked many jobs as a receptionist, secretary, real estate salesperson, and real estate broker, eventually retiring as co-owner of Dexter Real Estate. However, she considered being a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother her most important jobs.

She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers Robert, Ronald, James and Gerald P., Jr. and sister Margaret. In addition to her loving husband of over 65 years, she is survived by her sons Hobart (Valerie) of Dexter, Gary (Sharon) of Port Huron and Eric (Traci) of Gardnerville, NV, granddaughters Carly (Brian) Bates-House of Port Huron and Abbey Bates of Port Huron, grandsons Tristan, Jason and H. Colton, all of Gardnerville, NV, her sister Sharon (Max) Darrow of Hagerstown, MD, and also numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

She was a long-time member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary, active in the Dexter Community Players, American Business Women’s Association, Red Hat Society and Golden Girls.

Visitation will be Friday June 7, 2013 at Hosmer-Muehlig Funeral Chapel, Dexter from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm with a rosary service at 7pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be said Saturday June 8, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, village church, Dexter, at 11am with visitation prior at 10am. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to St. Joseph Church Memorial Fund.


  • Visitation Friday, June 7, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, June 7, 2013
  • Rosary Friday, June 7, 2013
  • Visitation Saturday, June 8, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, June 8, 2013

Dorothy Gainsley Bates

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Geary Baroni

November 24, 2013

Dear Bates Family,

I am sorry for the loss of your mother. May God Bless her.

Geary Baroni
Palm Desert, CA

Larry & Judy Gregory

June 18, 2013

Belated sincere condolences to the Bates Family. Dorothy was truly a unique person who loved life. God bless you.

Ron Miller

June 11, 2013

So sorry to hear about Dorothy's passing. She was just a wonderful person. I first met Dorothy as a member of the Dexter Community Players. She was the absolute bedrock for that group while I was a member. She always was detailed and helpful. I loved her smile and infectious can do good attitude. She will surely be missed by all who knew her.

Vince LaRosa II

June 11, 2013

My mother and I send our deepest sympathy to Uncle Harry and Children. Aunt Dort was always a joy to see and talk to. I am sorry we could not be there for you in your time of need. Aunt Dort was my god mother, a great lady and will never be forgotten.

Cynthia Given

June 9, 2013

Hobey and the Bates Family,
Our sympathies in this loss. She was a wonderful caring person. God be with you.

Kerry Mc Mahon Stroup

June 6, 2013

Dearest Hobey & family, I was so sad to hear of your mom's passing. My heart aches for your loss. I will always remember how sweet she was to me. My prayers are with you all.

Karen Bentley

June 6, 2013

Dorothy was one of the first people I met when I moved to Dexter. Her smile could be seen for miles, and she always had a kind word for everyone. She will be missed!!

Jack & Della Blanchard

June 6, 2013

She will be missed by so many. Our deepest sympathy to her family.

Margaret Mynning

June 5, 2013

Harry and family
My deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one. I will miss receiving emails from Dorothy.

June 5, 2013

Uncle Harry, Hobey, Gary, Eric and families. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I was hoping to make it up there to be with you all. I know you will all miss her terribly. But we have great memories to keep us going, too many to mention.
Love you all, Sheila