Mildred “Millie” (Tattersall) Bates, 90, of Westerly, passed away surrounded by her loving family at L&M Hospital on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. She and her late husband Lyle enjoyed 51 years together. Born on October 26,1928, she was the youngest daughter of the late William and Clara (Crandall) Tattersall's 16 children.
Millie worked as a telephone operator for Cottrell's before marrying Lyle in 1950. Her greatest joys were her children and grandchildren, cooking for her loved ones, and spending time with her fifteen siblings, especially her seven beloved sisters. “Aunt Millie” was known for her delicious cooking and desserts.
The close-knit Tattersall family lived for their weekends together at the family “Camp” at Watchaug Pond called “Sixteen Keys,” named for the sixteen siblings. Lyle and Millie also loved spending time at the Bates family cottage at Wyassup Lake in North Stonington.
She and Lyle moved to Florida in 1976 where they enjoyed the warm weather and cherished their days spent at the beach, watching her grandson Josh grow up, and a good lobster roll.
She is survived by her four children: Karen Bates Hescock, Richard (Deborah) Bates, William (Cathy) Bates, and Brian (Laura) Bates; grandchildren Lindsey, Adam (Sheilah), Megan, Josh (Adrianna), Jennifer, and Alan; great-grandchildren (Nina, Henry, Archer, Atlas); brother-in-law and sister-in-law Glenn and Pat Bates, and many loving nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by all 15 of her siblings. The surviving family is at peace to say: “All sixteen are together again.” This time forever.
A celebration of Millie’s life will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at the Merchants Village Community Room at 3:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her name to The WARM Center in Westerly, RI.
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