Jeannette Pye Bates – St George News

October 7, 1942 – July 17, 2021

Jeannette Pye Bates, 78, died on July 17, 2021 in St. George, Utah. Jeannette was born to Lieutenant Commander John Briscoe Pye and Marjorie Wallace in Coronado, California on October 7, 1942. She married James David Bates in the Los Angeles Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on July 30, 1966.

Jeannette grew up in Coronado, Calif., Among her peers in the Navy community. His father, Lieutenant Commander John Briscoe Pye, was killed in the USS Swordfish submarine off the coast of Okinawa on January 29, 1945 during the last phase of World War II. On October 8, 1948, Jeannette’s mother, Marjorie Marie Wallace, remarried another naval officer, William Knox Blair. Her stepfather William adopted Jeannette and her younger sister, Nancy Anne Pye.

Jeannette joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the age of 19 and has served in many church service positions throughout her life.

Jeannette was a passionate student and loved to learn. She obtained a BA in English, an MA in English Composition and a second MA in Reading. She received all of her degrees from California State University, Bakersfield.

Professor Jeannette Bates has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Bakersfield Community College and California State University at Bakersfield. She then taught as a classroom and online teacher for the National University.

Jeannette loved to read, teach, do family history, flowers, birds and her beloved cats, but more passionately she loved her family.

Jeannette is survived by: her husband, James David Bates; and their children, Anne Jeannette Havens of St. George, Utah, Ruby Kathleen Bolton Mansel, and her husband, William Mansel of The Woodlands, Texas, James Stewart Bates and his wife, Seiko Bates, of Paradise Valley, Arizona, Marjorie Marie Snyder and her husband, Michael Snyder, of Geneseo, Illinois, and John David Bates of St. George, Utah; Jeannette is also survived by 20 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and are expecting two more grandchildren; She is also survived by her brother, William Knox Blair Jr, of Marcola, Oregon; and her sister, Miri Blair Carlington of Travers City, Michigan. Jeannette was predeceased by her parents and sister, Nancy Anne Pye Blair.

The family would like to thank the nurses, medical and support staff at St. George Regional Hospital and Advanced Health Care of St. George for the kind and dedicated care they provided to Jeannette and for the support that the third Santa Clara Stake Ward brought to his family during this sad time.

The funeral will be on Friday, July 23, 202,1 at 11 a.m. at the Santa Clara 3rd Ward Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3680 Pioneer Parkway, Santa Clara, Utah. A visit will take place before the services from 9:30 am to 10:30 am, also at the chapel. Interment will take place in the cemetery of the city of Santa Clara.

Family and friends are invited to share their condolences online at www.SerenityStG.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Serenity Funeral Home of Southern Utah, 435-986-9100.


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