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Robert Leo Yeats


Robert (Bob) Leo Yeats died on Tuesday, June 9. He was 91.

He was born February 24, 1929 in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Harry and Marie Yeats. Raised in Independence, Missouri, he graduated from Saint Mary's High School. He earned a BA degree at Rockhurst College. He married Marjorie J. Schmidt on August 22, 1953. He joined the Kenworth Dart Truck Company of Kansas City and became a salesman of off-road mining equipment. His career involved extensive world travel including Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, North America and South America. He transferred to Bellevue, WA with Dart's parent company, Paccar, in 1973, and retired in the mid-1980s.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Church and its Knights of Columbus council

In his younger years, he was a sportsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. Always the adventurous spirit, he pursued other activities including deep-sea fishing, float trips, travel tours, a hot-air balloon ride and at age 76 went skydiving. Throughout his life he studied many interests including travel, real estate, electronics, sports and politics. He also enjoyed keeping up with current movie releases.

He was a meticulous handyman, caring for his home and a rental property. He was always ready to lend a helping hand with projects at his childrens' homes.

He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; son, Kevin; daughters, Christine, Karol, Barbara, Angela and Laura; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Clyde Hill, WA on August 14, 2020 for immediate family members only.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests remembrances to the 4 in 1 Capital Campaign of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Clyde Hill, WA.



Sister Mary Ann McGee, SNJM


Sister of the Holy Names Mary Ann McGee (Sister Michele Marie) died peacefully in the early morning hours of July 27 at Brookdale Nine Mile in Spokane. She was 89.

She was the second child and only daughter born to Oswald James McGee and Mae Dixon on February 11, 1931, in Spokane. Her early life centered around and in St. Aloysius Parish where she was baptized, received her First Communion and was confirmed. It was at the schools staffed by Sisters of the Holy Names that she received her elementary and high school education before entering their novitiate on July 25, 1949, at Marylhurst, Oregon. She pronounced Perpetual Vows on August 5, 1956.

Her lifetime ministry was one of an educator. She began teaching in primary grades in schools staffed by Sisters of the Holy Names. In the mid-1970s, she transitioned to adult religious education and parish ministry. St. Joseph’s Parish in Yakima held fond memories of her years of active ministry in the Yakima Valley. In her final years, she found ministry in visiting and sharing Eucharist with those homebound or in assisted living facilities, and serving as sacristan for the Catholic community at South Hill Village in Spokane.

She is preceded in death by her parents Oswald James McGee and Mae Dixon; and her brother William. She is survived by nephews, Daniel and Michael; nieces, Colleen and Bridget; extended family; her religious community, Sisters and Affiliates of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary; and the many friends with whom she shared faith, prayer, and life.

A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated in her honor, in the presence of her ashes, at a future date. Memorial gifts may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names Retirement Fund, 5915 S Regal St #308, Spokane, WA 99223.

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