ROCKPORT: Elizabeth P. Bates, known to many as Betsy Buffington Bates, died at home in Rockport, MA on March 14, 2016, surrounded by family. A lifelong journalist, Betsy served as senior editor at many notable publications, including Boston Magazine, Newsday, The Boston Herald, the Miami Herald, and the International Herald Tribune in Paris. Shifting gears in her sixties, she was hired as VP of Cudaback Strategic Communications. For the last 11 years, Betsy has been an adjunct professor at Salem State College and U-Mass Lowell, retiring last year at 85.
Betsy was predeceased by her husband, George W. Bates Jr. and is survived by her sisters, Evalyn (Terrance) Economy, Penelope (Keith) Packard; her nieces, Luranah (Alasdair) Polson and Leona (Curtis) Strong; her nephew, MacDonald Economy; "adopted" nieces, Leah and Ann Schlesinger; and her much loved grand nephews, Cameron, Duncan and Lachlan Polson, Benjamin, Spencer, Ethan, Isaac and Ammon Strong; TJ and Ryan Economy.
Services will be held at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Rockport on Saturday, March 19, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, Betsy prefers you donate to the charity of your choice, unless that charity happens to be the Wounded Warriors Project, in which case she would prefer you choose another veteran focused agency while we wait to see how things work out. Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester. For online condolences, please visit .