Linda Ellen Bates

Linda Ellen Bates

Linda Ellen Bates

Dec. 11, 1943 – Jan. 23, 2020

Anchor Point resident Linda Ellen Bates, 76, passed away Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 at home.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, at Anchor Point Baptist Church, 34085 Sterling Highway in Anchor Point.

Linda was born to the late Morris Allie Bateman and Clara Ellen Bateman on Dec. 11, 1943 in Wheaton, Missouri. Between 1943 and 1960 their family moved around from Missouri to Kansas and then on to Arkansas where Linda attended Gravette High School and graduated in 1962.

In May 1961, she met her loving husband, Gary W. Bates. They quickly knew that they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together and married on Feb. 5, 1962, shortly after Linda turned 18. They had a son, Jeffrey W. Bates, in March 1963.

The draw of Alaska adventure was too much to bear, so Linda and Gary packed up and moved to the Last Frontier in August 1971. Shortly after the move, they met their dear friends, Peggy and Dick Marsh. The Marshes were missionaries in Alaska and pastored Anchor Point Baptist Church. Linda and Gary started faithfully attending the church in 1972 and have been members there since. Linda professed her faith in Jesus Christ from an early age and integrated quickly in Anchor Point Baptist Church. Over the years, she served faithfully as the Sunday school teacher for the primary age children. She helped in the nursery and was treasurer for somewhere around 20 years.

Linda was the owner (along with Gary) and office manager of Lower Peninsula Auto, which opened in 1981. She thoroughly enjoyed gardening with her husband and loved to pass on everything she knew about it. Linda peacefully lost the battle to cancer and went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Jan. 23, 2020. She will be dearly missed and forever remembered by her family and friends, for her kindness, compassion, and insurmountable amount of patience.

Linda is survived by her dear husband, Gary W. Bates; son, Jeffrey W. Bates and his wife, Jeanne; brother, Dennis Bateman Sr. and his wife, Susan; and grandchildren, Jessica Cantwell and husband, Kellen, and Jacob Bates; as well as three great-grandchildren. She will be so missed, but we are thankful we will see her again in Heaven.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

More in Community

Town Crier

Sandhill cranes will be migrating through any day now. Our local cranes… Continue reading

Anni and Aggi. (Photo courtesy of Homer Animal Shelter)
Pets of the week: Anni and Aggi

What a sweet bonded pair these gals are. It’s hard to believe… Continue reading

David Andress
Duane (Gus) Floyd AndressMay 16, 1943-March 31, 2021

Duane (Gus) Floyd Andress May 16, 1943-March 31, 2021 Longtime Alaskan and… Continue reading

The Homer Police Station as seen Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Cops and Courts

Information about fire, police and troopers is taken from public records consisting… Continue reading

Gathering ingredients for Thai-inspired curry, an easy one-pan, weeknight meal, on April, 13, 2021, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Kalifornsky Kitchen: The building blocks of Thai

Curry can be anything you want it to be

Roasting eggplant slices for a versatile meal, photographed on March 10, 2021, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Kalifornsky Kitchen: Eggplant for every occasion

Eggplants are surprisingly versatile.

A trumpeter swan feeds in Beluga Slough on Monday, April 12, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. According to local birders, both tundra and trumpeter swans have been seen in the area the past week. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Best Bets

Congratulations, citizen! You have diligently fulfilled your duties as a tax-paying, law-abiding… Continue reading

The Jubilee youth art show opened on Friday, April 2, 2021, at the Homer Council on the Arts in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Arts in brief

April is ‘youth in the arts’ month at HCOA The creativity of… Continue reading

Koby Etzwiler is a two-time Ptarmigan Arts scholarship recipient. His stickers can be found locally, in Juneau and online. (Photo courtesy of Ptarmigan Arts)
Ptarmigan Arts allery, community boost young artists’ dreams

For almost 25 years, Ptarmigan Arts Scholarship has been helping artists’ careers

Most Read