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Sarah I. Yates


1935 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Sarah I. Yates Obituary
On Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, the Lord received another angel in heaven after a short, hard-fought battle with an infection.
Sarah was born Jan. 21, 1935, at home in Houston County, Tenn., to Robert and Myrtle (Bull) Spears, and lived on her family's farm until she went to work in Dickson, Tenn., to help support her father's legacy, the "Family Farm." 
She married the love of her life, Dudley M. Yates, on Sept. 24, 1955. They shared 58 years of love and life; they have three children, Bobby, Dennis and Denise, plus countless others who grew up thinking of Sarah as mom.
As an Air Force wife, Sarah made a home for her family in Kentucky, Alabama, Texas, Colorado and Alaska, making friends and "family by choice" everywhere she lived. 
Upon Dudley's retirement from the Air Force in 1973, the family moved back to Alaska. Sarah and Dudley eventually built their dream home in Salcha; a home where friends and family could always find a cup of hot coffee or a glass of Sarah's sweet tea, along with lots of love and kind words.
Sarah was love in human form; she lived for her family, with love and kind words for others and a tune to hum as she went throughout her day, and a pocket-full of quarters for her "little angels" to get candy from a machine. 
Sarah is preceded in death by her parents, Robert R. and Myrtle Bull Spears; two sister's, Irene Adkins and Betty Jean Ellis; and one niece, two nephews and two great-grandbabies.
Sarah is survived by her husband of 58 years, Dudley M. Yates, of Salcha; sons, Bobby (Pinie) Yates, of North Pole; Dennis (Debbie) Yates, of Midland, Texas; daughter, Carolyn Denise (Donnie) Carson, of Salcha; grandchildren, Roseanna (Richard) Smith, of Indiana; Amy (Russell) Bragg, of Texas; Jennifer Babington, of Tennessee; Jennie (Joe)Villegas, of Louisiana; Mike (Lyndsey) Yates, of Texas; Kristie Jo Yates, of Alaska; Donnie (Gwen) Carson Jr., of Alaska; R. Joey Yates, of Alaska; Annie (Ian Hadlock) Carson, of Alaska; 17 great-grandchildren; brother, Billy Ray (Betty) Spears; sisters, Lillie (Kenneth) Baggett, Faye (Robert) Cripps, and Patricia (Vernon) Kouns; numerous nieces and nephews; and a long list of lifetime family friends.
 A memorial service for Alaska family and friends will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Salcha Senior Center on Johnson Road in Salcha. 
Visitation was held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday,
Oct. 12 at the Nave Funeral Home in Erin, Tenn. Service was at 2 p.m. and burial followed at the Tatum Cemetery near Yellow Creek.  
Arrangements were entrusted to Fairbanks Funeral Home.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Oct. 13, 2013
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