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Ann Bates 1925 – 2018

Posted By Drake Smith On January 28, 2018 @ 1:18 am In Obituaries | 4 Comments

In Memorial


In Loving Memory of

Cordelia ANN Marion


Ann was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1925 and grew up there.  After graduating high school, Ann attended the Winnipeg School of Art for three years under L.L. Fitzgerald.  In 1947 Ann and two school mates enrolled in the Art Students League in New York City.  After the first year, in order to earn enough money to return to NYC and their studies, Ann and her two friends went to Whitehorse, Yukon to work in the only hotel there based on the recommendation of the brother of one of the girls.  Working for a full year and saving every penny they had enough money to finance a second year in New York.  They all returned to Whitehorse in 1949 to work another year to earn their way back to New York for further art studies.  It was during this second year in Whitehorse that Ann met Stuart, a young RCMP Constable, and they eventually married in 1952.  Ann did not return to art school due to a death in the family.  Ann and Stuart remained in the Yukon till 1956 when they were transferred with their two children to Saskatchewan.  The RCMP life was essentially a partnership for Ann and Stu.  Ann looked after the domestic side of the detachment and acted as radio dispatcher when Stu and his constable were out on patrol.  Their partnership in the enterprise of their marriage was always central to their life together.  Stuart, and therefore Ann, retired from the RCMP in 1965 and the family set off on their next adventure and moved west

It was when the family moved to Kamloops, BC that Ann took up the paintbrush again in earnest.  Her favourite subject was what she saw in the outdoors (old buildings, flowers, landscapes).  Ann was a member of the Arts and Crafts Club in Kamloops for many years.  When she was not painting and looking after the kids, Ann loved to canoe, ski and hike and was an active member of the local outdoor club. The people she met in the Arts and Crafts and outdoor clubs have remained lifelong friends. When Ann and Stu moved up to Clearwater in 2001 to live with their daughter, she found endless subjects to paint in the valleys in and around Clearwater.  Ann died suddenly on January 21st.  Ann leaves behind son Wes, daughter Abbey, granddaughter Rae (Mark Galante) and three great granddaughters Rose, Susanna and Eliza and two nieces Kathy Merideth and Margie Caparra.


Ann’s wishes are to be cremated and buried with Stu in the Clearwater Cemetery. The family will be having a Celebration of Life for Ann in the spring or summer.  The family would like to thank the staff at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital for their care and kindness.  Donations in memory of Ann may be made to the Kamloops Art Gallery.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Drake Cremation & Funeral Services in Clearwater, BC  250-674-3030.  Condolences may be sent to the family online at DrakeCremation.com

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Condolence from Ray and Maueen Hanson on January 28th, 2018 3:04 pm

Abby and family, We extend to you our heart felt sympathy on the passing of your Mom.

Ann and Stu made our lives in Kamloops a great time of adventure and friendship. We will always look back at the trips and gatherings together with cherished memories.
May your hearts find rest and peace,

Ray and Maureen Hanson

Condolence from Drake Smith on January 30th, 2018 4:17 pm

To the family of Ann Bates my sincere condolences go out to you at this time. Stu and Ann were the best kind of people to know. I skied with Stu as well as golfed with him. We were sorry to see them go to Clearwater but it was heaven for Ann with her love and experience in painting . Wish good health to all the family and friends. My 1st wife Audrey was with us on our experiences I have lost 2 wives to cancer so know the sorrow of people passing . Am 93 now and have seen many friends go. Am in Ridgepoint now with older people (a Chartwell residence). God bless. Signed: Bob Irvine

Condolence from Star Lake Women’s Institute on January 31st, 2018 7:02 pm

Our deepest sympathy

Condolence from Ellen Paczkowski on June 5th, 2018 4:21 pm

Hi Abbey, I just read this today. It was very saddening. I remember your Mom as very cheerful and smiling. Or as Tara said “she was a very special lady”. She will be missed.

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