Patsy Lynn Kelly Bates
Last updated 9/13/2023 at 11:08am
Patsy Lynn Kelly Bates passed away at home with her dogs and family by her side on August 31, 2023, after a long battle with health issues. She was born on April 26, 1953, in Walla Walla, Washington to Lee and Beverly Dodson. She moved to Grand Coulee, WA in 1971 where she met her first husband Joseph Patrick Kelly. They welcomed 3 children, Josie, John and Jennifer. She was married to Joe for 32 until his passing from cancer in 2004.
Patsy moved to Moses Lake, WA in 2007 to be closer to family and in 2009 she reunited with her first love, Stanley Bates. They married in 2010 and were married until his passing in 2021.
Patsy enjoyed cooking, bingo, playing cards with friends and trying her luck at the slot machines at the casino. She loved to read and watch old western movies.
Back in the day, you could always count on the coffee pot always being on at her house and no one left hungry. She was mom to many kids who were not biologically her own but called her their second mom. You could count on her to always make sure the kids had a safe place to go but you can bet she would also make sure your parents knew where you were and that you were safe because no parent should have to worry.
Patsy was preceded in death by her two husbands, Joseph and Stanley, her parents, a sister and a brother. She is survived by her fur babies, Peewee, Rocky and Chico. Her children, Josie (Ernie) Sisson, John Kelly and Jennifer (Jason) Hill all of Moses Lake. Also, two sisters, Sherri Wright of Moses Lake and Brenda Wilson of Grand Coulee and one brother, Gerald Dodson of Grand Coulee. Her pride and joy were her grandchildren, Kelli Ritter, Nathan Sisson, Paige Perkins, Kirsten Kelly, Jason Hill Jr, Jillianne Hill, Jolene Hill, Joseph Hill and her great grandbaby Vicente (Vinny).
Patsy also had 5 stepchildren, 6 step-grandchildren and one step great grandchild, along with the numerous kids over the years that called her house their second home.
The family would like to express gratitude to the staff at Assured Hospice for their attention and caring to keep mom at home and comfortable in her last days.
There will be a memorial service on October 7th at 2 pm at Strate Funeral Home in Grand Coulee Washington.