Winifred Mary Yeates, of Upper Sandusky and formerly of Jackson, Mich. and Loveland, Colo., died at 4:55 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2012 at Fairhaven Community, Upper Sandusky. She was 96.
Born Dec. 3, 1915 in Rexon Cross, Devon, England, she was a daughter of James and Rosina (Goodyer) Gerry. She married Charles Herbert Yeates and he is deceased.
Surviving are two children, Alan (Nancy) Yeates, of Carey; and Penny Huntley-Rollins, of Arizona; three grandchildren, Derek (Rachel) Huntley, Kevin (Amy) Yeates and Jeremy (Sarah) Yeates; and five great-grandchildren, Aiden Gray Yeates, Charlotte Rose Yeates, Cora Grace Yeates, Brynn Rose and Norah Lynn Huntley.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, James and Frank Gerry; and two sisters Grace and Mae.
Mrs. Yeates was a registered nurse. She served in the British Army in England on a surgical ward and also was stationed in India for four years, tending to British soldiers released from prison. She met and married Charles Yeates while both were stationed in India. She was also an RN here in America until she retired at the age of 62. She then worked part-time on the psychiatric unit.
Mrs. Yeates has been a PEO sister for 50 years, volunteered at her church with the mentally handicapped participants and volunteered at the hospital gift shop. Work and helping others had been her life and passion.
She loved animals and reading. Mrs. Yeates was described as a “small woman with a big heart” who would give to anyone and everyone, and “the best friend a person could ask for.”
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lucas-Batton Funeral Home, Upper Sandusky, with the Rev. Jim Stauffer officiating. Burial will take place at a later date in Michigan. Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to McKee Medical Center Foundation-Stepping Stone Adult Day Program or the Wyandot Health Foundation-Wyandot Memorial Hospital and can be sent to Lucas-Batton, 476 S. Sandusky Ave., Upper Sandusky OH 43351.