Ms. Bates

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Ms. Edith Grace Bates, known as Edie, died on Sept. 7, 2016.

She was born on Oct. 25, 1951, 20 min­utes af­ter her twin sis­ter, Colleen.

She grad­u­ated from Cedar­town High School in 1969 where she was the ed­i­tor of the in­fa­mous orange-col­ored year­book in her se­nior year. She at­tended Cen­tre Col­lege in Danville, Ken­tucky, earn­ing a Bach­e­lor’s de­gree in English.

Ms. Bates had an ar­dent in­ten­tion to teach her love of English to high school stu­dents, but fate stepped in and steered her onto a dif­fer­ent ca­reer path. In the early 1970’s, upon the rec­om­men­da­tion of a friend, she took a job she knew noth­ing about as the cock­tail lounge host­ess at Stouf­fer’s 590 West Ho­tel in Atlanta.

That for­tu­itous be­gin­ning launched a 40 year ca­reer en­com­pass­ing many po­si­tions in the ho­tel in­dus­try, in­clud­ing cater­ing direc­tor, as­sis­tant man­ager, gen­eral man­ager, and ul­ti­mately into the field of ho­tel hos­pi­tal­ity, where she found her true call­ing. Much of Edie’s for­ma­tive ca­reer was with Mar­riot Ho­tels, specif­i­cally Res­i­dence Inns, where she helped to de­velop the Qual­ity As­sur­ance pro­to­col. She took pride in and was lauded for her team-build­ing abil­i­ties in her QA work, be­com­ing re­gional direc­tor of Qual­ity As­sur­ance for the South­east.

She pro­gressed to ho­tel man­age­ment with In­ter­state Ho­tels and Re­sorts Com­pany as Vice Pres­i­dent of Brand As­sur­ance, which in­cluded open­ing new ho­tels na­tion­ally and abroad.

With David­son Ho­tels and Re­sorts she con­tin­ued in the field of hos­pi­tal­ity as Vice Pres­i­dent of Brand Per­for­mance, work­ing to bring fa­cil­i­ties to their full guest sat­is­fac­tion po­ten­tial.

Her pos­i­tive and en­cour­ag­ing ap­proach en­deared her to those with whom she worked, and count­less col­leagues have ex­pressed her im­pact on them as men­tor, friend, and the big­gest cheer­leader for their suc­cess.

Through­out her ca­reer, she lived in many places, in­clud­ing Detroit, St. Louis, San Fran­cisco, Washington, D.C. and ul­ti­mately Atlanta, where her fam­ily was thrilled to have her close to home again.

Ms. Bates loved her work, and while it took up much of her life, few peo­ple know she was an un­cer­ti­fied cham­pion re­laxer, opt­ing to read or watch her fa­vorite TV shows in her down time. She also loved a good meal out with good red wine and good friends, trav­el­ing, fit­ness walk­ing, mu­sic, singing along to any song she knew (es­pe­cially if karaoke was in­volved), ac­ing crossword puz­zles, and yes, read­ing.

One of the most grat­i­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ences of Edie’s life was a short stint as an adult lit­er­acy vol­un­teer where it was her honor to teach an il­lit­er­ate business owner how to read. They re­mained friends for life. Fam­ily was para­mount on her list of pri­or­i­ties. She was a de­voted daugh­ter, and she cher­ished spe­cial and unique re­la­tion­ships with each of her three sis­ters.

Af­ter years of not be­ing able to have a pet be­cause of work-re­lated travel, her cat, Chloe, brought her enor­mous joy. Edie was a vi­va­cious, dy­namic per­son, a bright light who couldn’t be missed when she en­tered a room. She had a warm beau­ti­ful smile or a is­chievous grin, de­pend­ing on the oc­ca­sion.

Her fam­ily de­pended on her strength, her sen­si­ble na­ture, her good ad­vice, her lev­el­ing in­flu­ence, and of course, her sense of fun. Edie’s loosely stated re­tire­ment plan was to live in Cal­i­for­nia’s Napa Val­ley and serve wine in tast­ing bars.

Ms. Bates was pre­ceded in death by her par­ents, Olin Jack­son and Kath­leen Whit­low Bates, and her brother-in-law Steve Lance.

She is sur­vived by her sis­ters Colleen Bates Lance, Melinda Bates, and Laura Bates, her brother-in-law, Vir­gil Pen­land, and many beloved cousins.

Visi­ta­tion will be Thurs­day, Septem­ber 15, 2016, 4pm - 6pm at the Olin L. Gam­mage and Sons Funeral Home. A memo­rial ser­vice will be held on Fri­day, Septem­ber 16, 2pm, at St. James Epis­co­pal Church, 302 West Av­enue, Cedar­town, GA. A cel­e­bra­tion of life will im­me­di­ately fol­low the ser­vice.

The fam­ily would like to thank Dr. Stephen Sz­abo, Dr. Shan­non Kahn, and the staff of Emory Win­ship Cancer In­sti­tute for their com­pas­sion­ate care. Thanks also to the car­ing staff of Pruitt Brookhaven.

Her David­son Ho­tels and Re­sorts fam­ily could not have been more ac­com­mo­dat­ing, lov­ing, un­der­stand­ing, or pro­tec­tive of Edie from the out­set of her di­ag­no­sis. More than one of her col­leagues called her “the heart of the of­fice”. We can’t thank you enough for such con­sid­er­a­tion.

A very spe­cial thank you goes to her lov­ing “swirl” of friends who sup­ported and en­cour­aged her through her Car­ingBridge site, and to those who of­fered hands-on as­sis­tance dur­ing her ill­ness.

Mes­sages of con­do­lence can be made to the fam­ily by vis­it­ing our web­site and sign­ing the online guest­book at gam­magefh.com.

The Olin L. Gam­mage and Sons Funeral Home is han­dling the ar­range­ments for Edith Grace “Edie” Bates.

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