Elizabeth Marks Yeamans, resident of Los Alamos since 1954, slipped peacefully from this world on Sept. 9, 2012 at Sombrillo Nursing Home. Liz was born in Portland, Ore. on March 3, 1919 to Austrian immigrant parents. In her youth, Liz was a member of the 1936 championship Portland City Tennis Team and an enthusiastic skier on Mt. Hood before the days of chair lifts and rope tows.
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She met Bill Yeamans, the love of her life, skiing on Mt. Hood and they were married in 1940. They settled in Portland and had their first four children. In 1954, Bill was recruited to the lab and they moved to Los Alamos, where they had two more sons.
Skeptical at first, Liz soon grew to love the local vistas, fabulous weather and the beauty the southwest has to offer. She taught us all to enjoy the outdoors through many camping and fishing trips. She loved exploring nearby ruins and showing off Bandelier to visitors. She told us, "Go outside and play," which we did with joy. She opened her home, known as "Headquarters," on Arizona Avenue to all our wild friends; motorcycle riders, car nuts, skiers, boaters, campers, hikers, chipmunk trappers, fort builders, and Davy Crockett wannabes. Liz welcomed friends of her family with a warm heart and good food.
Liz will be remembered as a dedicated wife, mother, and friend to those she leaves behind. Elizabeth Yeamans was preceded in death by her husband Bill Yeamans and her youngest son Steve Yeamans. She is survived by her children Marie Pierce, Joe (Shirley), Mark (Gail), David (Marilyn), and Andy (Barbara); eleven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the staff at Sombrillo Nursing Home and Advantage Hospice for their loving care. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Oct. 11 at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Sombrillo Nursing Home or the Shriners Hospital for Children.
Published in Los Alamos Monitor from September 30 to October 2, 2012