Valerie May Bates

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Valerie May Bates (Sagal) on July 13, 2017 in Salmon Arm, B.C.

Val was born in Moose Jaw, SK and was predeceased by her father Bill Sagal in 1995 and her mother Dot Sagal (Froehlich) in 2016. She is survived by her husband of 28 years Douglas Bates of Blind Bay, her brother Mark Sagal (Nancy) of Marquis, SK, sister Gail Forster of Cold Lake, AB and sister Angela Staniowski (Rob) of Moose Jaw, SK.  Val will also be greatly missed by numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, uncles, aunts and dear friends…especially Joan Elcheson and her “stamping” buddy Shawna Castle.

Val was a very artistic and creative person who loved to garden.  Her co-workers at Thread and Paper will dearly miss her presence too.

Prior to retiring to the Shuswap Val was a Civilian Member of the R.C.M.P. working as a Telecommunications operator in Alberta.

The family wished to express their appreciation to Doctors Plessis, Sudbury, Brownlee, nurses and hospital staff for their professionalism and kindness shown.  A Celebration of Life will be held in spring of 2018.  Memorial donations can be made to Shuswap Hospital Foundation Box 265, Salmon Arm, B.C. V1E 4N3.  

Online condolences may be sent to the family through Val’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com. Arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm.