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Shirley Jean Bates

September 17, 1938 - November 26, 2021

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Shirley Jean Bates, 83, passed away on November 26, 2021 with her loving niece and namesake by her side.

She was born to the late John and Mabel Brunn of Avon Lake on September 17, 1938. Shirley married the love of her life, George Del Bates in May of 1986, who preceded her in death in 2013. The best years of their lives were spent on the water, whether it be aboard their sailboat, The Mariner, or enjoying their Lakewood, Ohio home overlooking Lake Erie. They had three cherished dogs over the course of their marriage, Brandi, Megan and Marley, who embarked on every adventure with them as a couple.

Shirley graduated from Avon Lake High School in 1956 and went on to become a legal secretary at the law firm of Parks, Eisele, Bates and Wilsman in Cleveland. She was a woman of many talents which include knitting, calligraphy and making the most beautiful stained glass pieces. She enjoyed singing in her choir at Lakewood United Methodist Church, where she was a longtime member.

She was an avid traveler, filling photobooks of trips to Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and national parks across the United States. Her and Del’s favorite destinations were where his children were based, Tim (Susan) Bates of Seattle, WA; Dan (Ellen) of Nevada City, CA; and the late Jonathan Bates of San Diego, CA. They were blessed with three grandchildren, Kelvin Bates, Eileen Bates and the late Egan McCartney Bates, who filled their lives with so much joy.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, husband George Del Bates, step-son Jonathan Bates, grandson Egan McCartney Bates, beloved sister Janet Eiben, brothers-in-law Verne Bates, Donald (Sara) Bates and Darrel Rook.

She is survived by her step-children, grandchildren, beloved brother John (Pat) Brunn of Michigan, brother-in-law Perry Eiben of Avon Lake, nieces and nephews Shirley (Jim) Entinghe of Lima, Todd (Brenda) Eiben of Beachwood; Curtis Brunn, Matthew (Tina) Brunn and Pam Brunn of Michigan, along with numerous great-nieces and nephews.

Her life will be celebrated at a later date by those who loved her.

Memorial contributions can be made to Lakewood United Methodist Church or an animal-based cause of the donor’s choosing.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Shawnee Chapel.


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