Kathleen Alice Bates (McPhee), age 92, of Tewksbury, MA, died peacefully on Saturday, June 20, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. “Kay” was the beloved wife of the late Andrew James Bates who died at the young age of 46 in 1971.
Kathleen was born on February 27, 1923 in Boston, MA. She grew up in East Boston
with her parents Charles McPhee and Mary Josephine (McLeod) McPhee and six siblings, Melvin, Stanley, Irving, Evelyn, Bob, and Oswald.
Kay graduated from St. Rose High School in Chelsea, MA and went on to attend Boston Business School. Kay worked at the Boston Army Base during WWII; she was a very proud of her brother Stanley, a U. S. Marine and her soon to be husband Andy, a former Seabee with the US Navy.
Kay married “Andy” Bates in 1945; Andy and Kay had known each other their entire lives as their mothers grew up as neighbors in Sidney, Nova Scotia, Canada and moved to the United States together at the turn of the century.
Kay and Andy moved to Stoneham, MA when their oldest child, Maryalyce was born. It was in Stoneham that the family made their home and had many fond memories.
Kay surprised everyone when she retired from Shawmut Bank in 1985 and traveled across the country by herself in a motor home. She continued to travel with many good friends until she moved permanently to Tewksbury, MA.
Kay loved the daily visits from her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and she will be fondly remembered for her unconditional love and devotion to her family and friends.
Kay was the beloved wife of the late Andrew James Bates, devoted mother of Maryalyce Cleveland & her husband Stephen R. of Pepperell, MA, Gerald Bates & his wife Janet of Wilmington, MA, Daniel L. Bates & his wife Barbara of Raleigh, NC, Kathleen A. Sample & her husband Stanley of Groveland, MA, Andrew J. Bates Jr. & his wife Shelia of Franklin, MA, and Barbara E. Duffy & her husband James of Tewksbury, MA. Loving “Nana” of Stephen J. Cleveland of Nashua NH, Susanne A. Cleveland of Whitman, MA, Justin R. Fletcher of Pepperell, MA, Cynthia Rusakovich of Sebago, ME, Jerry Bates of Peabody, MA, Dwayne Bates of Athol, MA, William Bates of Raleigh, NC, Daniel Bates Jr of Raleigh, NC, Philip Bates of Raleigh, NC, Jason Sample of Groveland, MA, Christopher Sample, Groveland, MA, Stephen Sample of Groveland, MA, Andrew J Bates III of Mansfield, MA, Meghan Bates Hartmann of Attleboro, MA, Jonathan Bates of Franklin, MA, Lianne Duffy of Tewksbury, MA. David Duffy of Tewksbury, MA, James Duffy Jr, of Tewksbury, MA. “Nana Kay” was also the devoted great grandmother of 19 great grandchildren. Kay was the cherished daughter of the late Charles and Mary Josephine (McLeod) McPhee, and dear sister of the late Melvin, Stanley, Irving, Evelyn, Bob, and Oswald. Kay is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, June 25th at 8:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Patrick’s Church, 71 Central St., Stoneham, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Stoneham. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 24th from 4-8 pm. Memorial donations in Kay’s name may be made to Catholic Charities, 51 Sleeper St., Boston, MA 02110, firstname.lastname@example.org.