Jean Yeatman

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SEWANEE, Tenn. - Jean Anderson Yeatman, age 87 of Sewanee, Tenn., died on August 20, 2015, at her residence. She was born on July 28, 1928, in Augusta, Ga., to Hansford and Marjorie Anderson. She attended William Robinson Grammar School, Tubman High School, and Junior College of Augusta. A tomboy in her youth, she loved the great outdoors and could name every animal and most flowers. During World War II, she was a proud member of the Victory Corps, planting a Victory Garden at her family's home. She graduated from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill with a bachelor's degree in botany. In 1949, she and Harry C. Yeatman married at the Church of Good Shepherd in Augusta, Ga. They moved to Sewanee, Tenn. in 1950 when Professor H.C. Yeatman began teaching biology at the University of the South. Jean continued collecting snakes and other wild animals as she had since childhood. They even had a pet skunk which was an auxiliary mascot for the university's football team. She taught horseback riding at St. Mary's School from 1951 to 1966. She shared her love of nature with children by leading Cub Scouts, Brownies, and Girl Scouts on hiking, canoeing and caving adventures. Active in sports throughout her life, she taught physical education at St. Andrew's School in the 1970s. Her many activities included sailing, fox hunting, swimming, and painting. A world traveler, she especially enjoyed snorkeling in the coral reefs of the Caribbean. As beloved naturalists, she and her husband wrote "Nature Notes" for the Sewanee Mountain Messenger from 1985 to 2014. Along with her husband, she was the first recipient of the Trails & Trilliums' Yeatman Environmental Education Award, established in their honor in 2007. They were also presented the State Naturalist Award by the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation in 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband who passed away in 2013. She is survived by her sister, Ann Anderson (Becky Davenport) of Augusta, Ga.; Clay (Paula) Yeatman of Lilburn, Ga.; daughter, Jean H. Yeatman (Claude dePamphilis) of State College, Pa.; and two grandsons, Walker and Harry. An interment service will be held on Oct. 24 at 11 a.m. at Saint John's Church, Ashwood, Tenn. Her life will be celebrated at a remembrance reception Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. in St. Mark's Hall of Otey Parish in Sewanee, Tenn. The family requests that memorial donations be made to Friends of South Cumberland State Park, P.O. Box 816, Sewanee, TN 37375 or online at . Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, (931)-967-2222,

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