PATTEN AND MIAMI, FLA. - Vicki Jean Bates, 66, passed away October 2, 2015 at Larkin Community Hospital in South Miami, FL. She was born July 2, 1949 in Island Falls, the first daughter of Frank Otis & Pauline Bates.
She was a member of the first graduating class of Katahdin High School in 1968 but also spoke very highly of her high school years at Patten Academy where she had grown up. She then went on to graduate from Plus Grays School of Business in Portland, ME . After graduation she procured a job at Blue Cross and Blue Shield Insurance Agency where she worked from 1969-1977. Vicki then moved to Miami, FL where she worked for Florida Blue Cross and Blue Shield for 33 years as a supervisor. After her retirement she worked for Towers and Watson Business Management Consultants in Coral Gables, FL. Vicki loved her career and was an avid lover of the arts. She made many friends along the journey of her life and as many have said, "Vicki was always upbeat and could make us smile with her quirky jokes and great personality. We loved her dearly."
Vicki is survived by her mother, Pauline Bates Withee of Patten, ME; sister, Betti Jo Michaud and her husband, Tom of Crystal, ME; brother, Ricky D. Bates and his wife, April of Patten, ME; nephews, Jonathan Michaud, Adam Michaud, Garth Bates; niece, Chelsie Brayall; great nephew, Cameron Michaud; great niece, Cloee Michaud and many, many cousins. She is also survived by her soul mate and best friend of 44 years, Gene R. Page of Coral Gables, FL and good friends, Georgie Garcia and Sue Boyd. Vicki was predeceased by her father, Frank O. Bates Jr., her stepfather, Alton C. Withee, Jr and great nephew, Kohen A. Michaud.
Friends may call 11-12 pm, Thursday, October 8 at Bowers Funeral Home in Island Falls with funeral services at 12 noon with Father David Raymond officiating. Interment will be at Patten Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to www.lymphoma.org/tributecentervickibates. For online condolences please visit www.bowersfuneral.com