Marblehead, MA — Muriel (Constantine) Bates, age 90, loving and devoted wife of Captain Raymond H. Bates, USN Ret., died peacefully at home surrounded by her family early Friday morning, April 19, 2013.
Born in Salem, the daughter of the late Laurence and Katherine L. (Donovan) Constantine, she attended Salem schools. Summers were spent in Marblehead in the 1920’s and 1930’s, at Naugus Head and on Bakers Island with her late Aunt Bess. Following her graduation from Salem High School in 1940, Mrs. Bates received her teaching degree from Salem Teacher’s College, now Salem State University, in 1944. Mrs. Bates began her teaching career at the John Brown Elementary School in Manchester-by-the-Sea. A few years later she was swept off her feet by her husband and they married in 1946. They have celebrated 67 years of marriage. During her husband’s naval career, they traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States, and lived as a Navy family in England, France, and eastern seacoast states.
Mrs. Bates was proud of her ancestry, and cherished her father and mother-in-law, the late Congressman George J. Bates and Nora (Jennings) Bates. She was a member of the General Israel Putnam Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Cameo Society (DAR), the Delta Kappa Gamma, Epsilon Chapter, the Red Hats, and a past member of the Essex County Women’s Republican Party.
She is survived by her children, Cyndy and husband, Gary Morrissette, of Fremont, N.H., Marilyn and husband, Ken Gustavson, of Plaistow, N.H., and Raymond H. Jr. and wife, Eileen Bates, of Marblehead.
She was a loving grandmother of Richard Wilcock, Christopher Wilcock and wife, Catie, Jenna Gustavson, Devin Bates, Malcolm Bates, and the late R. Connor Bates; and great-grandmother of Dariana, Sicario, Yadiel, Isabella Wilcock, and the late Ricardo Wilcock. She was a wonderful aunt to nephews, Laurence and wife, Erin Sabean, Harold Sabean; nieces, Katherine and husband, Glenn Carter, Melissa Sabean and husband, Robert Rice, and Susan and husband, Robert Cashman.