Bates, Ann

January 28, 2018 - 8:01am
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Clearwater, B.C.

In Loving Memory of

Cordelia ANN Marion


Ann was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1925 and grew up there. After graduating high school, Ann attended the Winnipeg School of Art for three years under L.L. Fitzgerald. In 1947 Ann and two school mates enrolled in the Art Students League in New York City. After the first year, in order to earn enough money to return to NYC and their studies, Ann and her two friends went to Whitehorse, Yukon to work in the only hotel there based on the recommendation of the brother of one of the girls. Working for a full year and saving every penny they had enough money to finance a second year in New York. They all returned to Whitehorse in 1949 to work another year to earn their way back to New York for further art studies. It was during this second year in Whitehorse that Ann met Stuart, a young RCMP Constable, and they eventually married in 1952. Ann did not return to art school due to a death in the family. Ann and Stuart remained in the Yukon till 1956 when they were transferred with their two children to Saskatchewan. The RCMP life was essentially a partnership for Ann and Stu. Ann looked after the domestic side of the detachment and acted as radio dispatcher when Stu and his constable were out on patrol. Their partnership in the enterprise of their marriage was always central to their life together. Stuart, and therefore Ann, retired from the RCMP in 1965 and the family set off on their next adventure and moved west

It was when the family moved to Kamloops, BC that Ann took up the paintbrush again in earnest. Her favourite subject was what she saw in the outdoors (old buildings, flowers, landscapes). Ann was a member of the Arts and Crafts Club in Kamloops for many years. When she was not painting and looking after the kids, Ann loved to canoe, ski and hike and was an active member of the local outdoor club. The people she met in the Arts and Crafts and outdoor clubs have remained lifelong friends. When Ann and Stu moved up to Clearwater in 2001 to live with their daughter, she found endless subjects to paint in the valleys in and around Clearwater. Ann died suddenly on January 21st. Ann leaves behind son Wes, daughter Abbey, granddaughter Rae (Mark Galante) and three great granddaughters Rose, Susanna and Eliza and two nieces Kathy Merideth and Margie Caparra.


Ann’s wishes are to be cremated and buried with Stu in the Clearwater Cemetery. The family will be having a Celebration of Life for Ann in the spring or summer. The family would like to thank the staff at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital for their care and kindness. Donations in memory of Ann may be made to the Kamloops Art Gallery. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Drake Cremation & Funeral Services in Clearwater, BC 250-674-3030. Condolences may be sent to the family online at