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Barbara M. Bates, 88

Barbara M. Bates, a longtime resident of Acworth, New Hampshire and a former resident of Westport, died Sept. 25. She was 88.

She was born in Wilton to her parents Arthur Green and Agnes (Green) Burns.

Barbara has been a resident of Acworth for more than 30 years and retired co-owner of Marlow’s Cafe, which she ran with the help of her husband, William E Bates Sr., and her daughter Darlene Bates Heinmiller and son Christopher Bates.

Before retiring to New Hampshire in the early 1990s, she lived in Westport for over 30 years, she raised nine children. She worked for many years at the Country Store on the corner of Newtown Turnpike and Wilton Road.

She is survived by her children, William E Bates, Jr. and girlfriend Linda of San Diego, Susan L DeLuca of Keene, New Hampshire; Karen Eley and husband Milton Eley of Acworth; Brian K Bates and fiance Laurie McLeod of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Darlene B Heinmiller and her husband, David Heinmiller of Terrell, North Carolina; Bonnie A Bates of Eugene, Oregon, and Christopher Bates and wife Jody of Alstead, New Hampshire, 13 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by her brother, Richard Green and his wife Maxine Green and by many nieces, nephews and dear friends. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years William E Bates Sr.; her children Barbara A. Bates, Cindy L. Bates and a baby boy Bates, her parents; her siblings, Arthur Green and Edward Green and granddaughter Jessica Bates.

A gathering for family and friends will be held at a later date. There are no public calling hours.

Her last wishes were to donate herself to a teaching hospital for research and education. Memorial contributions can be made to Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston or a charity of one’s choice. 

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