Anna Yates, 85, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2008 of natural causes. She was residing in Boise, Idaho at the time of her death.
Anna was born May 29, 1922 in Prosser to Ernest and Neva Fisk. The first of three girls, Anna was raised and educated in Prosser, where she graduated as valedictorian of her high school.
Anna was a true academician and musician. She carried a lifelong passion for the written word and music, being an accomplished pianist, violinist, and vocalist.
Anna was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church. She acted as organist and pianist for both, First Presbyterian Church of Prosser and Sunnyside.
In 1946, she married Herschel Yates. They moved to Entiat, started a family and a partnership that ended upon Herschel's death, 60 years later.
Anna was a voracious reader and collector of books, even starting a community library out of her home in East Wenatchee.
There was never an evening that Anna wasn't crocheting or quilting. Her craftwork was passed on to many friends and family members.
Anna loved cats, and throughout her life was never without one or two.
Anna and Herschel's life together was rather nomadic until they settled in Sunnyside in 1967, to run the family farm.
Anna assisted Herschel in fulfilling his dream of opening his own welding shop, Herschel's Welding and Repair. She acted as bookkeeper and financial manager, a field in which she had more than 20 years experience.
Anna and Herschel moved to Boise, Idaho in 2002 to be close to their daughter, Victoria.
After Herschel passed away in 2005, Anna was cared for by loving assisted living caregivers, Dorothy Gussie and Tracy Walker, and her family.
A special debt of gratitude to St. Luke's Hospice, who was there for Anna and her family.
Anna is survived by her sister, Harriet Swink of Prosser; her daughter, Victoria (Steve) Hart; her grandchildren, Rochelle (Alan) Heathcock and Geoff (Jill) Lanfear of Boise, Idaho, and Blake (Candi) Yates, Stacey (Dave) Park, and Whitney (Spenser) Osborn of Pasco. Anna will also be missed by 11 great-grandchildren; cousins; numerous nieces and nephews; and friends.
Anna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Gary; and a sister, Bertha Mae Sumner.
Mom, Thank you for your love of music and books, the seeds of which continue to blossom in your progeny. Thank you for your quilts, which are keepsakes and symbols of your warm care for all of us. Thank you for your sense of humor, and your indomitable sense of self-reliance. We will miss you, but we will see you again. A memorial service celebrating the lives of Anna and Herschel will be held May 25, 2008. Final arrangements for this service will be announced at a later time.
Cloverdale Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.