Barbara Lee Bateman
Barbara Lee Bateman passed away peacefully on October 22, 2018, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene, Oregon. She was born December 27, 1941, in Parkersburg, West Virginia, to the late Dr. H. George and Susan Jane (Anderson) Bateman and was raised in Williamstown, West Virginia. She was a graduate of the Greenbrier Academy for Girls in Lewisburg, West Virginia, attended Marietta College in Ohio, and earned a fashion merchandising degree in New York City.
Barbara was a loving and devoted mother and homemaker. Despite a busy and demanding family life that included soccer games and other school and neighborhood activities, she managed an impressive professional career. She was employed in fashion merchandising in New York City, museum fundraising in New Canaan, Connecticut, and assisted in developmental disabilities research at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. While working for Herman Miller in Pennsylvania, she designed, sold, and oversaw the implementation of numerous commercial office spaces.
After retirement, she worked for social service agencies in Eugene, Oregon, where she developed work routines and oversaw developmentally disadvantaged adults in the performance of their jobs. Barbara continuously displayed an amazing can-do attitude and a compassion for assisting others. She had a unique ability to reach people in a deep and positive way. All of this she accomplished while dealing with significant personal and health challenges in her life and managed to live life to the fullest. She enjoyed outdoor activities, and loved gardening, traveling, cooking and volunteer work. These interests and activities, coupled with her love for reading, journaling, chatting with friends and spending time with family, filled her retirement days.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sons John and Peter Crocket and former husband Donald Crocket. She is survived by her son Samuel Crocket (Jenny) of Eugene, Oregon, three brothers, George Bateman (Sandy), of Eugene, Oregon, James Bateman (Margaret) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and David Bateman (Jane) of Lower Salem, Ohio, and a sister, Rebecca Bateman of Williamstown, West Virginia, as well as numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved as if they were her children. Her family will gather this summer in Williamstown, West Virginia, for a celebration of her most remarkable life. Donations in Barbara’s memory should be sent to the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance.