Dorothy (Young) Bates, 85, of Mendon and formerly of Upton, died Thursday morning, September 26, 2013, in Beaumont Nursing Center in Westborough after a long period of declining health. She was the widow of Daniel F. Bates, who died in 2003.
Dot was born in Milford, a daughter of the late Charles and Hannah (Lawson) Young. She worked in the West Upton hat industry and at the former Draper Corp. in Hopedale, and then as a school bus driver for P & T Bus Company for many years. A charter member of the Upton Bloomer Girls, she was recently honored for 50 years of service to that organization. She especially enjoyed Bingo and riding her bike along the Cape Cod Canal.
She leaves one son, Daniel C. Bates and his wife Ann Marie of Upton; a daughter, Donna M. MacNaughton and her husband Mark of Mendon; 4 grandchildren, Mark G. MacNaughton of Uxbridge, Daniel W. Bates of Upton, Melissa Scott of Hopkinton, and Jessie McMaster of Franklin; and 5 great-grandchildren. She was also the sister of the late Mabel Phipps.
The family extends thanks to the staff at Beaumont Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation for all the wonderful care and support. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Upton Bloomer Girls, Box 121, Upton 01568.
Funeral services will be held Monday, September 30, at 10 a.m.
in the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home, 45 Main St., Upton.
Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery in Upton.
Calling hours at the funeral home are Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m.