Dianne V. Bates of Hermiston, Oregon, was born on September 4, 1920 in Providence, Rhode Island to parents, Ralph and Hazel Sunderland. She died on May 10, 2020 in Hermiston, Oregon at the age of 99 years.
Diane was united in marriage to William (Bill) Bates in June of 1942. They had a son, Johnny in 1943 a daughter, Vicki in 1950 and her built an amazing home together in the 1950’s. Bill preceded her in death in 1957.
Dianne opened a pet shop and began a 35 year dog grooming career in 1958. She loved all animals, especially dogs which she showed competitively in the 1950's. Dianne was forced to move after the 1994 California earthquake. She spent time living with John and Nancy in Newbury Park where she volunteered at one of her favorite places, The Stagecoach Inn Museum Complex as a docent. Dianne moved to Oregon in 1998. She lived on her own on Sunland Ave. until 2014 when she broke her hip and had to move into assisted living. Dianne always had a dog or cat or both!
She had a great talent for gardening. Wherever she lived she transformed the yard to a thing of beauty!
She is survived by her son: John Bates and his wife Nancy Bates; daughter: Vicki Shuey and her husband Paul; grandchildren: Gary, Wendi, Jim, Amber, and Trent; great grandchildren: Karina, Zachary, Elyse, Erik, Tanner, Blake, Keegan, and Kaitlin.
Dianne was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.
A private family burial will be held in California at a later date.
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