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Patricia Yeomans
Yeomans, Patricia Henry
May 31, 1917 - March 13, 2013
Patricia Henry Yeomans passed away on March 13 at her home in Hancock Park at the age of 95. Born on May 31, 1917 in Los Angeles. Her father Bill Henry was a Los Angeles Times reporter, editor and columnist for over 60 years and a Medal of Freedom winner. Her mother Corinne Stanton Henry was a Southern California tennis champion. Pat competed in tennis her entire life and won several national age-group titles, from US Junior Girls champion in 1935 to US 90-and-over in 2009. She won the National College Girls title twice at Occidental College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. A Masters Degree in Industrial Design reflected her life-long passion for art. In 1938 she married attorney Edgar Yeomans. She is survived by four loving children, Linda Yeomans Craig (Evan Hughes) of Menlo Park, Ann Yeomans of Santa Fe, and twins Bill Yeomans (Suzie) of Pasadena and John Yeomans (Mary-Ellen) of Toronto; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Pat was an inveterate volunteer and campaigner for good causes including First Baptist Church of LA, Grand Jury, Law Advocates, United Way, PTA, scouts, and of course, youth tennis. Pat wrote histories of Southern California Tennis, the Los Angeles Tennis Club, and the First Baptist Church, and was updating the book on Southern California tennis when she died. She co-authored the History of the Olympic Games distributed at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, wrote numerous articles and distributed educational brochures for youth tennis, Olympics or law. She personally initiated the local campaign to bring tennis to the 1984 Olympics as a demonstration sport, from which it became a full Olympic sport at the Seoul Games of 1988. She co-founded Youth vs. Experience, a tennis team match where young champions were pitted against old champions. She won many honors for her achievements, including Occidental College Athletic Hall of Fame, Los Angeles USD Athletic Hall of Fame, and Southern California Tennis Hall of Fame, as well as a lifetime achievement award as a founder of the California Grand Jurors Association. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the First Baptist Church of Los Angeles, and Occidental College.
A memorial service will be held in April.
Published by Los Angeles Times on Mar. 17, 2013.
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Thanks to you all. We had a lovely memorial at LA Tennis Club and LA First Baptist, attended by Dodo Cheney, Dr. Sammy Lee, close friends and family. Many tears shared for her life of joy.
John Yeomans
May 2, 2013
Pat Yeomans was a very special person, I was lucky enough to meet her in 1971! To know her, was to love her, you had to marvel at her love and devotion to Tennis, her husband Ed and her enduring family!

I am reminded of a poem by M.E. Frye:
"Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow,
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain,
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful rush
Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.
I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die".

We will miss you Pat Yeomans, may you rest in peace!
Bob Shafer
April 18, 2013
To the Yeomans family....she was a classy lady and so proud of her family. I had the opportunity to play her sons and remember her walking around the LA Tennis Club...great lady for the game....bp
Brian Parrott
April 18, 2013
God Bless a truly wonderful person, Pat Yeomans. We say “farewell” to one of our greatest friends, tennis champions, contributors, Board Members, and heroes. We will remember you always and never forget your warm, optimistic, and friendly ways. The Kramer Family
Bob Kramer
April 18, 2013
I met Pat and Lish Dudley at my first National Tournament in Baton Rouge when I was 60. They were staying at the same motel as Lany and I were. Since they didn't have a car, we became their chauffeurs for the week, to and from the courts and touring the surroundings. We had such fun and they were most encouraging to this greenhorn. It was the beginning of a long and rewarding friendship which I will always cherish.
Joan Brisbin
April 7, 2013
I will always remember Pat Henry Yeomans as one of the kindest, most encouraging people I have ever met.
Sharon Lawrence
April 1, 2013
As an employee of the LA Tennis club in the 1980's I always enjoyed my conversations with Pat. We would always talk about the Olympics and her contributions and my representation on one of the US teams for swimming. She signed my book on the Olympics which she authored. I still have it in my library to. May you rest in peace Pat.
Steve Kalan
April 1, 2013
Senior tennis women have lost a beloved friend'
March 23, 2013
What a wonderful woman and advocate for tennis for everyone. My condolances to the family.
Lyn Tietz
March 23, 2013
Pat Yeomans: enthusiastic, positive, dynamic,energetic,intelligent,
compassionate, productive, devoted are just some of the adjectives describing Pat. I loved being around her. Mary
Mary Wilson
March 21, 2013
Prayers for pats family
linda bratton
March 20, 2013
John and Bill you have my condolences but you also have many wonderful memories of your Mom and you can be proud of having such a wonderful mother.
Fred Drilling
March 20, 2013
Pat was a great supporter of the Grand Jury institution in California and a Founder of the California Grand Jurors' Association(CGJA) which provides recruiting, training, and other assistance to grand juries in California. We will miss her. Bill Trautman, President, CGJA.
Bill Trautman
March 18, 2013
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