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Graine Freda Willmott (Bates)

December 31, 1954 - August 9, 2016


On the afternoon of Tuesday, August 9, 2016, Graine Freda Willmott passed away peacefully at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital with her family by her side.  Graine was born in Pershore, England on December 31, 1954.

Everyone who knew Graine knew of her beautiful and giving nature.  She had the kindest heart and always took time for her friends.  Most of all, family was her world.  She literally would do anything she could to help her children and grandchildren.  Graine was a caregiver all of her life – from caring for her siblings, to her own children, to her beloved grandchildren….and she loved every minute of it. 

Graine worked for 25 years with Telus and still has many good friends from her time there.  For the past 11 years she worked at the Tamarack Centre in the administration office.  She enjoyed her job there and really loved helping put the Cops for Kids fundraiser together each year.  One of Graine’s greatest passions was the time she spent with YBC coaching the young girls in bowling.  She spent many hours at the bowling alley volunteering, coaching and competing.  Bowling and all the activity around it was one of her true loves! 

Graine leaves to cherish her memory her beloved husband of 43 years, Graham; her son Scott (Dawn) and children and her daughter, Ilia (Chris) and children.  Also left is Graine’s brother, Stirling (Linda) Bates and sister Paula (Rob) Bohan.  Graine also leaves many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.  Waiting for her in her next journey are her parents, Fred and Margaret (McEwan) Bates, her mother-in-law May Willmott, her sister-in-law Sue Willmott and her niece, Venae Bohan.

A private family interment has taken place.

A Celebration of Graine’s life will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the Cranbrook Senior Citizens Hall, 125 17 Ave S, Cranbrook from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  Because of Graine’s love of animals and her pets, the family would appreciate memorial donations be made in her memory to the SPCA, PO Box 2, Cranbrook, BC  V1C 4H6.  Condolences may be left for the family at


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From: Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff

Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Roy and Audrey Mayne
Relation: Friend

Never have we known anyone so kind-hearted, compassionate and giving as Graine. She taught us so much about who and what is important in life. We are blessed to have known her, we will always remember her with love, and we will always miss her.

From: Janine Twarowski
Relation: friend

Graine and I had many fun times together bowling , coaching and being mothers of daughters ( who were the same age.) The world is a sadder place for me knowing my friend is no longer in it. Rest in Peace Graine.

From: Pat (Hellmen) Krohling
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

My deepest sympathies for your loss. I always enjoyed talking with Graine.

From: Walter & Marilyn Gramm
Relation: Friend

So sorry to hear of your loss–our thoughts are with all of you. You will always have your precious memories. Walter & Marilyn

From: Wendy McGillivray
Relation: Best friend and family

She was a good friend of Dan’s when they work at B.C.Tel Telus. That is when I meant Graine and we became good friends, and when time went along she told us we were family. I loved her alot, I will miss her always, and I think of you very day. I hope you are at peace now my sweet girl.

From: Donna Grainger
Relation: Work acquaintance

My heartfelt sympathy to the family. This is a very hard loss for many.

From: Cristina Borgogelli
Relation: Co-worker

Blessings to Graine’s family in this time of loss and sadness. May you cherish all the wonderful memories and time you had Graine. She always spoke of her family and grandkids throughout the work day. Know that she loved you so much. It is with regret that I can not attend the memorial, but please know that I am thinking of all of you at this time.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
September 10, 2016
Beginning at 11:26am

Cranbrook Senior Citizens Hall
125 - 7th Ave. S.
Cranbrook, BC Canada

125 - 7th Ave. S.
Cranbrook, BC Canada

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