Eleanor Louise (Freese) Yockey, 82, of Sunnyside passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, with loved ones by her side after a 15-month courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Eleanor was born Dec. 1, in Spokane to John and Bernice Freese. She spent her early years in Harrington, where her father was a wheat rancher. Later the family moved to Ritzville, where they made their home for many years.

Eleanor was salutatorian for the Bronco class of 1948. After high school she attended Washington State College graduating with a degree in education. While student teaching in Sunnyside she met fellow student teacher Dale Yockey of Winthrop, and accepted an invitation to go pheasant hunting as their first date. On July 10, 1954 Dale and Eleanor were married and made their home in Sunnyside, where they raised two sons and one daughter.

Eleanor taught home economics for 30 years in the Sunnyside school district, where she was a positive influence on many students and teachers alike.

She was a lifetime member of Our Savior's Lutheran church and belonged to P.E.O, Delta Kappa Gamma and the Nouvella club.

She looked forward to educational meetings and luncheons, where she could socialize with her many friends.

Many enjoyable hours were spent by Dale and Eleanor casting a lure and fishing the waters of the Pacific Northwest. In exchange for hours on the water, Eleanor expected equal time be spent by Dale at local theater events, much to his chagrin.

She loved camping, sewing, traveling and treasured time spent at the Winthrop house with her extended family. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Dale; two sons, Loren (Diana) Yockey of Everett and Larry (Kelly)Yockey of Ritzville; one daughter, Lorna (Pat) McGhehey of Everett; her grandkids, Jeff (Heather) Symons, David Symons, Amber (Kevin) Hull, Andrea Shaffer, Amanda Yockey, Lauren McGhehey and Cassidy McGhehey; two great-grandkids, Briar Hull and Adam Shaffer; and several nieces and nephews.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Elaine Ottem and Lois Beaudry.

She will be remembered for the love she had for her family, her positive and helpful attitude, her homemade bread and cookies, and the wonderful holiday celebrations spent in Winthrop. She made Christmas, New Year's and the Fourth of July special for us all. Thanks mom!

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Eleanor's memory may send donations to Our Savior's Lutheran church or a cancer research foundation of your choice.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Sunnyside.

Those wishing to sign Eleanor's on-line memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Homes Ltd. and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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