The Brandon Reporter

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May Bates, 1922-2019

BRANDON – May Bates (affectionately known as “Nannie” by her family) passed away on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019.
She was born in Newark-Nottingham, England on July 19, 1922. She was inducted into the British Army and served three years during WWII. May met her husband, Walter Leon Bates, who was in the U.S. Army stationed in England. They were married in the Church of England in 1944. They had a baby girl, Jean E. Bates.

May and her 10-month-old baby came to America in 1946, she as a war bride and reunited with “Wally” in New York City. After a year living in Hartford, Conn., they settled in Wally’s hometown in the Brandon-Forest Dale area for over 70 years. 60 of those years were in the little house on Seminary Hill in Brandon.
May loved her community and they loved her. If she knew you, then she was your friend. She leaves us memories of her beautiful smile, her big heart and her never failing faith in God. She will always be known for the welcoming chairs on her front lawn and the tea and cookies around her kitchen table.
May is predeceased by her husband Wally and her daughter Jean Bates Hewitt. May’s saddened family include Jeannie’s husband, David Hewitt and Josephine Corner of Hubbardton, Jackie Larocque of Salisbury and Jack Sherry, her son; Michael A. Bates of Fort Myers, Fla. Michael’s four children are Michael Alan II, Kathleen, Elizabeth and Walter Alan Bates; Jackie’s children are Julie May Baker and her husband Bill of Waynesville, N.C; also Casey Larocque of Sudbury and April Smith of Shoreham, the mother of May’s three great-grandchildren, Jade, Sophie and Vance Larocque. May will be missed by many, especially her friend Sheila Smitker.
The memorial service “In Celebration of Her Life” will be held on Jan. 4, 2020, at 12 noon at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon, where friends may pay their respects to the family from 11 a.m. until service time at 12 p.m.
In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made, in her memory to St. Thomas & Grace Episcopal Church, 19 Conant Square, Brandon, VT 05733.

Sally Faber

BRANDON – Sally Ann Gelhaar Faber, age 86, died on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019.
Born in Montclair, N.J., she was the daughter of Harold and Florence Gelhaar. She was a 1953 graduate of Temple University with a degree in dental hygiene. In addition to her dental profession, she founded Ms. Wallpaper, a home wallpaper-hanging service, and Sally Sews, a home furnishings design and fabrication firm, which she managed for 40
years while raising three children. In 1989, she, along with her husband, acquired, restored and managed Land’s End, a 19th century family compound of four cottages on Lake George within the Adirondack Park. The property was made available to others to rent as a means for funding the restoration. Preservation of the natural beauty of the Land’s End environment coupled with the ability for others to enjoy this environment
recreationally were goals of their ownership.
She leaves her husband of 66 years, William Alden Faber; two children, Jeffrey Reid Faber and Linda Colburn Faber; son-in-law Steve Grober; and six grandchildren, Christopher William Faber, Ryan Reid Faber, Elaine Marie Hennedy Muriale, Jessica Ann Hennedy, Matthew Charles Hennedy and Alden Danielle Grober, along with several great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by daughter Susan Grenelle Faber Grober.
A memorial service at the Brandon Congregational Church is planned for the spring with date and time to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift may be made to the Brandon Congregational Church or to a cause of choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon.

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