Barbara Neuner Bates of Brewster, New York and West Glocester, Rhode Island, formerly of Ossining (Briarcliff Manor) NY, passed away at home on July 13, 2019. She was 92 years old.
Barbara, affectionately known as “Ma” to her family and many friends, was born on April 8, 1927, in Mount Vernon, New York to Dr. John J. W. and Dr. Elsie Flint Neuner. She is survived by her three children Robin (Joe) Jamin of Cold Spring, New York, Terry Bates of West Glocester, Rhode Island, and Jon Bates of Brewster, New York. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren Christine (Lisa) Jamin, Melissa (Bill) Rossano, Brandy Lynn Bates, Amanda (Tim) Walshjamin, Vanessa (Zack) Austin, Kyle (Jessica) Bates, and Charly Ann Bates. She is also survived by her twelve great grandchildren Alexandra, Ryan, and Nicholas Rossano, Morgan and Hailey Jamin, Colin and Owen Walshjamin, Addison and Trevor Harris, Willow and Milo Austin, and Elliott Bates. Ma’s family will always be eternally grateful for the unwavering support, encouragement and unconditional love she gave each of them.
Barbara graduated from A.B. Davis High School in Mount Vernon, New York and Barnard College, New York City, with a major in geology. She married Herman Martin Bates on March 25, 1950. From 1950-1953, they lived in St. Louis, Missouri where they worked for H. Bates Company, a family owned fabric business. After moving to Ossining, she was Deputy Supervisor for the Town of Ossining from 1960-1963, and was subsequently elected Receiver of Taxes from 1971 until her retirement in 1990. She was a 73-year member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). She was affiliated with the New York Mohegan, Melzingah, and Enoch Crosby Chapters, the Rhode Island Independence Chapter, and the Martha’s Vineyard Seacoast Defence Chapter. She was also a sustaining member of the Junior League of Westchester, the Ossining and Westchester Women’s Clubs, the Rhode Island, Ossining and Westchester Historical Societies, and the Glocester Heritage Society (RI).
After Herman’s death in 1999, Barbara moved to Brewster, New York and actively continued her community work, volunteering at the Putnam Community Action Partnership (CAP), the Putnam Humane Society, the Landmarks Preservation Society of Southeast, and was a member of the Brewster/Carmel Garden Club.
Family and friends celebrated Barbara’s life on Sunday, July 21st, at the Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Avenue, Brewster, New York from 3-7pm. She will have a private burial at the family cemetery in West Glocester, Rhode Island. In lieu of flowers Barbara’s favorite charities were St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Planned Parenthood, and Putnam Humane Society.