Mary Jo Bates, 82, of Fairmont, passed away at 4:29am, Saturday, April 18, 2020 at the Pierpont Center in Fairmont. She was born in Fairmont, September 30, 1937, a daughter of the late Walter Lawrence and Mary Hall Lodge. She is survived by her husband, John Everett Bates, whom she married September 18, 1992.
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Surviving are two sons, Chadwick Phillip Colasessano, James Randall Fenton, grandchildren, Christopher Fenton, Phillip B. Colasessano and his wife Breanna, Anthony Colasessano, William Colasessano, six great-grandchildren, step-children; Johnny Bates and his wife Cheri, Lawrence Bates and his wife Kris, Cristal Beverly and her husband Scott, seven step-grandchildren and three step- great grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Catherine Joleen Fenton Fisher Bumgardner, one grandson, Chadwick Nicklous Colasessano, one brother and two sisters.
Mary Jo graduated from Grafton High School in 1955. After a period of time of living in Denver, Colorado, she attended beauty school in Morgantown and later operated a salon in Eldora for four years. She was employed by Westinghouse/Phillips Lighting for 20 years. Mary Jo enjoyed the camp that she had at Big Bear for many years. She loved riding her motorcycle and playing cards.
There will be no public services. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.perinefunerals.com. The Perine Funeral Home is honored to serve the Bates family.