CEDARVILLE, Ohio—Patricia Lee Bates, a longtime faculty member of Cedarville University, died June 17. She was 72.
She earned a BA in psychology from Ouachita Baptist University and an MS in criminal justice from Xavier University. She worked as a social worker for the Department of Human Resources in Kentucky for seven years before becoming dean of women at Cedarville University in 1974. She retired from the university in 2010 as associate dean of students.
Pat had a passion for building into students’ lives. “Her own testimony focuses on God’s forgiveness and His healing grace that involves much more than restored physical health,” Cedarville University said of her in 1988. “She reaches out to those around her, encouraging and reminding each one that the Lord works with most of us after we are broken.”
She is survived by her siblings, John Richard Bates, Carolyn Jane Short, and Rebekah Ann Crego; nephews, Ryan Ayres, Andy Ayres; Josh Bates, J.R. Crego, David Crego; Marcy and Scott Van Meter, whom Pat has always considered as her children; and Justin, Hilary, and Austin, whom Pat loved as her grandchildren; and her faithful black lab, Fezz.