On February 12, 2021, God called back one of his angels.
Mary Joan is survived by her husband of seventy years, Howard Nelson (Bud) Yates; son Mark (Tonya); daughter Maureen (Gary); as well as her grandchildren, Kristen (Kyle), Michelle (Dylan), Maxxwell, and Kai; step-grandchildren, Rollin, Lexi (Robert), and Cade; step-great-grandchildren, Kamryn and Kynlee.
She is predeceased by her parents, Worlend and Jean Hemstock; and her siblings; George, Jack, Joyce, and Lloyd.
There are souls that are kind, there are souls that are just, and there are souls that make a mark on every person they touch. Mary Joan touched the hearts of all those she met in every facet of her life. She was passionate in everything she did, whether it was travel, quilting, bridge, or even just a chat with friends. Mary Joan always put her heart and soul into everything and everyone.
If the soul is immortal and the spirit is endless, then Mary Joan Yates is life eternal. Rest in peace, rest in love, rest in the immortal memory of those who knew you; those who love you. If life is finite, then Mary Joan is infinite.
Our family would like to express our sincerest gratitude to Marcia Cabrera and Dr. Fraser Armstrong for their endless care and compassion that allowed Mary Joan to remain at home surrounded by her loved ones in the last weeks of her life.
Given the current pandemic restrictions, a celebration of Mary Joan’s life will be held at a later date.