Rosella Bates

September 4, 1933April 19, 2021

Legacy of:

Rosella (Sally) Bates - A celebration of life has yet to be decided upon.

Sally was born on September 4, 1933 in Karlsruhe North Dakota and passed on April 19, 2021. She passed peacefully in her sleep, at the home of her loving family in Estacada Oregon.

Her given name of Rosella was rarely used, unless she was in trouble. Sally was the eldest of 8 children in her family. Her brothers and sisters are, John Meyer, Elizabeth Bottemiller, Victor Meyer(deceased), James Meyer, Mary Mosley, Nicholas Meyer and Steven Meyer.

Sally was married to Wesley D. Bates on September 30, 1950. They were together for more than 52 years before his passing in February of 2003. Together they had a family of 7 children. Linda Carnley, Lucille Bates, William Bates, Betty Bates, Barbara Bates, Edward Bates and Robert Bates. She passed on much of the family tradition. She was an extraordinarily strong and brave woman. Sally’s legacy of life moves forward with her 7 children, more than 20 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. All who admired and loved her dearly.

Sally was a busy full time mother and as such, taught her young ones to respect others. To do the very best you can and never give up. Always making sure each child knew how incredibly special and loved they were. She passed on much of the family tradition as well. An extraordinarily strong and brave woman.

In the 1970’s, she began working at Tektronix, in Beaverton Oregon. She genuinely enjoyed her job as a CRT tech and made many friends in the workplace.

A mother's love never dies. It is held deep within the heart, where wounds are stitched together with threads of gold when a loss is felt. Sally’s heart is definitely glowing.

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May 8, 2021

Another Shiny Star Forever in Our Hearts

Kimberlie Ryan

April 25, 2021

My dearest aunt Sal was my dad’s childhood protector, my mom’s best friend and one of the kindest people I have ever known. She was the epitome of “good people “.
When my children were small and we still lived in Beaverton; I invited Aunt Sally over for a delayed Thanksgiving with my mom, dad and all my siblings. Aunt Sal brought her much loved ambrosia. Late that night she gave me the best compliment I have ever gotten. She said, “Kimberlie I wore my bend-over pants because I knew it would be good food and fun people”. She was such a lovely straight talker. She was so very loved.

Paula Larson

April 24, 2021

Sally was not only extraordinarily strong woman, she was also kind and beautiful. I learned so much about children and family just observing her.

Mary Mosley

April 23, 2021

I loved her. She was incredible. She never let me down, always lifted me up and always let me know I was loved. She was wise, hilariously funny and down-to-earth. She lived her life well. She was An extraordinary sister.

Misty Hawley

April 23, 2021

My grandparent's house was a place of warmth, togetherness, joy, and family. Christmas at their place remains to this day my fondest holiday memory.

Gramma (Sally) was the best storyteller! She had the craziest tales of kidnappings, births, and other events that were true, but so unique they felt like movie plots! She always worried she was telling tales we'd already heard, and we'd say go on even though we had heard them many times before.

I cherish my memories of her and Grampa. And I wish I'd had the foresight to record her stories because now it is too late and I'll never have that joy again.

Love you, Gramma. May you be happy and at peace wherever you are.