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Obituary for Margaret Bates

Bates, Margaret – Age 101, Truro, passed away peacefully on April 21, 2023, in Willow Lodge, Tatamagouche surrounded by her loving family. Born on July 8, 1921, she was a daughter of the late George and Alice (Sutherland) MacKay.

Mom grew up on the family farm at The Falls with her four brothers and four sisters. She moved to Truro and married our Dad, Jim Bates, in 1941. She worked for many years at Stanfield’s while raising her seven daughters. Mom was a dedicated and loving wife and mother. She especially enjoyed family gatherings. She also enjoyed travelling with Dad and spending winters in Florida during her retirement.

Mom will always be remembered for her homemade bread, baked beans, sugar cookies and her strong sense of independence. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary Legion Branch #26 as well as a member of the First United Church in Truro.

She leaves behind her daughters, Shirley Thomas, Diane Kennedy, Linda MacKinnon, Joan Matheson, Mary MacKay (David) and Heather Bates (Gerard); grandsons, Donald Thomas (Debra), Todd Kennedy (Laura), Jamie MacKinnon, Jeffrey Terfry (Rylee) and Patrick Terfry (Lindsey); granddaughters, Kim Dowling (Jim), Tammy Kennedy-Fortune (Mark), Jody Matheson, Melanie Casey (Shawn), Christina Wylie (Adam) and Sherri Pugsley (David); sister, Norma Normand; thirteen great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild.

Mom was predeceased by her husband, Jim; her infant daughter, Shelley; son-in-law, Gordon Kennedy; great grandson, Kyle Dowling; brothers, Daniel, Archie, Kenny and Peter and sisters, Lillian Whidden, Florence Greenwood and Isabel MacDonald.

Special thanks to Willow Lodge for the exceptional loving care given to our Mom. We are forever grateful.

As per Mom’s wishes, there will be a private family graveside service. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences are available at

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