Phyllis Forbes Bates 91, died at the Golden Crest in Franklin on April 28, 2014 following a period of declining health. Born in Ashland on December 2, 1922 she was the daughter of Joseph and Lillian [Paine] Forbes.

Phyllis spent her early years in New Hampton on Dana Hill where she attended the one room School. She later moved to Ashland where she made her home for many years. She graduated from Ashland High School in 1939, and went on to Business School in Laconia for two years.

In 1949 she was married to Henry Bates and raised her family in Ashland. She was employed at L.W. Packard Woolen Co. in Ashland for many years in the office. She was a Cub Scout Leader for Troop # 57 in Ashland, a 4-H leader, and during her retirement she volunteered at Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth. She enjoyed sewing, bird watching, playing cards, traveling, camping, and bus tours. She was predeceased by her husband Henry C. Bates on July 5, 2005.

She is survived by her daughter Marilyn Boisvert and husband Ken of Wells, Maine, son Dana Bates and wife Lynnie of Campton,  2 Grandsons, Brian Boisvert of New York and Daniel Boisvert of New Jersey, and nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be from 6-8 pm on Friday May 2, 2014 at the Dupuis Funeral Home Hill Avenue in Ashland. A Funeral Service will be held on Satrurday May 3, 2014 at the Ashland Baptist Church on Main Street in Ashland at 2pm. Burial to follow in Green Grove Cemetery Main Street Ashland. Dupuis Funeral Home Ashland is handling arrangements, for more info go to Donations may be made to the N.H. Humane Society PO Box 572 Laconia, NH. 03246.