BRIDGEWATER - Frances Norvell Tilman Yates departed this life on February 17, 2014. Her beloved husband of 49 years, Charles J. Yates, predeceased her as did her parents, Frank and Etta Tilman. She is survived by her children, Judith Yates and Chet Yates of El Cajon, CA; Rosie Yates Walsh (husband, Chuck) of Yorktown, VA; Allene Yates Weckler (husband, Dick) of Yarmouth Port, MA; daughter-in-law, Jonna McCarthy; and her two grandchildren, David Taylor Walsh of Norfolk, VA and Kate Walsh Curtis (wife, Meg) of Somerville, MA. She will also be remembered lovingly by many cousins whom she regarded as siblings. As an only child, she cherished "family "and was a phenomenal record -keeper. Frances was a resident of Bridgewater Retirement Community in Bridgewater, VA for 24 years. She enjoyed and appreciated her friends and many kindnesses while living there, but her "home" was always the Peninsula. She was born and reared in Newport News and graduated from NNHS in 1941. She then worked in the main office for principal, Mr. Lamar Stanley and Dean of Women, Miss Ethel Gildersleeve. She and Charlie lived many years in Hampton and briefly in York County. As a Pink Lady at Dixie Hospital, a Girl Scout leader for 7 years, an employee for Sen Hunter Andrews and the Episcopal Boy's Home, she was always helping others. She was a member of Orcutt Avenue Baptist Church in NN and Central United Methodist Church in Hampton where she was Sunday School Superintendent. She played the piano for Sunday school and was Senior Youth Group Leader. From the late 50's 'til the 9 years following Charlie's retirement from NASA, they traveled throughout all 49 states (added Hawaii later), Canada and part of Mexico. As a child Frances enjoyed riding the C & O Railroad (compliments of her dad, a 50 year employee) and she celebrated her 50th birthday on the first of several trips throughout Europe. Frances LOVED to travel and to meet people, play cards and could never get enough of the History Channel and PBS. She has donated her body to science (ashes to be spread on both coasts privately). Donations in her memory may be sent to Bridgewater Retirement Community, Resident Care Fund, 302 N. Second Street, Bridgewater, VA 22812.
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Published in Daily Press on Feb. 23, 2014