It is with sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of “Granby”, Evalon Bates, with her family by her side. She was an extremely intelligent and dignified lady with a sneaky sense of humour. She exuded compassion, empathy, kindness, and generosity to a fault as those who knew her will attest.
Born in Victoria and raised in Vancouver, she graduated from Lord Byng High School and attended UBC before marrying in 1948 and settling down in North Vancouver. There she brought up her two boys and spent 30 years before moving to Coquitlam. She ran the iconic “Something Fishy” pet shop in North Van for many years before opening a consignment store in Vancouver. Upon retirement she chaired the committee to build the Coquitlam Senior’s Center before moving to Penticton to be near her family.
She loved playing Bridge, tending to her rose garden, all manner of animals, spending time with her sisters, but above all, she loved her boys and especially her grandchildren.
Survived by her oldest son Dean (Dianne) Bates, grandchildren Dan (Andrea), Robyn and Carlene Bates, longtime best friend Rae Bates (Lynda), loving sisters Judy Kubey and Madalon McCormack as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and a multitude of friends she made in her 91 years. We’re so happy she is now reuniting with those who have passed before her. Most importantly with her son, Warde, who died accidentally in 1975, but also with her mother Lucill Burdon, the Bates clan of Eddie and Kay, Dianne and Paul, Warde and Reg, and nieces and nephews Bette, Norm, Dorothy, Wayne, and mother-in-law Julienne Baker.
Special thanks to Dr. Leona Harries and the staff at the Hamlets in Penticton for treating her so very well and to Joyce Bates for being there at such a time of need.
A memorial will be held in Vancouver in the spring, when the roses bloom. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the BCSPCA would be appreciated, then give a special hug to the Mothers in your family. Condolences may be directed to the family through www.providencefuneralhomes.com 250.493.1774