Alice Kenyon Bates, 86, Was Native of Fall River

Alice Kenyon (Keighley) Bates, 86, of Somerset, died August 10 at the Clifton Nursing Home. She was wife of the late George H. Bates, who died at the nursing home August 9.

Mrs. Bates had lived in Somerset since 1992 after moving from Virginia Beach, Va., but lived most of her life in Fall River, where she was born. She was the daughter of the late Richard and Eva (Lawrenson) Keighley.

She was a 1936 graduate of Thibodeau Business School and worked for several years as a billing operator for the Arthur L. Johnson Co. in Providence, R.I.

Mrs. Bates was a member of the Somerset Methodist Church, and the founder and president of Hope Circle at Union Methodist Church in Fall River.

She is survived by a son, Richard D. Bates, of Peterborough, N.H.; a daughter, Diane B. Stewart, of La Spezia, Italy, Naples, Fla., and Oak Bluffs, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held in Somerset on August 30.