The Times West Virginian


March 20, 2014

Nancy Bates

Nancy R. Moran Bates, 70, of Quiet Dell and formerly of Fairmont, passed away Tuesday morning (March 18, 2014) in United Hospital Center.

She was born in Fairmont on Nov. 24, 1943, and grew up in Wilsonburg, a daughter of the late James Leonard Moran and Lillie Estelle Compton Moran.

She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Larry T. Bates, whom she married Jan. 31, 1962.

Also surviving are two children, Marta Hodge and her husband Mike of Bridgeport, and Stephen Bates and his wife Debbie of Fairfax, Va.; four grandchildren, Jeremy Hodge, Malinda Hodge, William Bates and Daniel Bates; one brother, James O. Moran and his wife Judy of Middletown, Md.; three sisters, Geraldine Ashcraft and her husband Fred of Clarksburg, Irene Oliveto of Moundsville, and Reva Williams and her husband Allen of Winchester, Va.; several nieces and nephews; a sister-in-law, Sharon J. Godwin and her husband Don of Clarksburg; an uncle, Otha “Junior” Compton and his wife Betty of Bridgeport; and an aunt, Doris Potter and her husband Raymond of Sugarland, Texas.

Nancy was a graduate of Victory High School Class of 1961 and also attended Fairmont State University. She was a member of Reynoldsville Baptist Church and also a member of Fairmont Chapter No. 34, Order of the Eastern Star. She loved reading and doing yard work, and especially loved to garden. She also enjoyed arts and craft shows.

Condolences to the Bates family may be left at

Friends will be received at Burnside Funeral Home, 607 S. Virginia Ave., Bridgeport, from 2-8 p.m. Friday, where services will be held at noon Saturday with the Rev. Dr. Michael Richards presiding. Interment will follow in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

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