Mary L. Yates, 82, of Pimento, passed away at 7:35 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Sullivan County Community Hospital. She was born Dec. 3, 1930, in Terre Haute, to Donald Dean Hoop and Elsie Pearl (Hudson) Hoop.
Survivors include her husband, James Robert “Bob” Yates of Pimento, whom she married on Aug. 24, 1949; daughter, Marilyn Susie Lifford of Jasonville; sons and daughters-in-law, Donald E. and Lu Yates of New York, James M. “Jim” and Trudie Yates of Lewis, and Kenneth L. Yates of Blackhawk; grandchildren, Andrea and Brad Duncan, Bobbi and Bill Wiscaver, Chris and Lilly Yates, Donna and Shannon Andrews, Jeremy Yates, Billy Yates, and Kenny Yates; 20 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and brother, Donald Holmes of Columbus, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents; and grandson, Eddie McIntyre.
Mary graduated from Gerstmeyer Tech class of 1948. She was a member of Shiloh Assembly of God Church of Hymera. She was founder and president of 1930 Pen Pal Club in 1978. Mary had many special friends and relatives. She was a great cook and enjoyed shopping and letter writing. Mary enjoyed company and always opened her house to all, always willing to cook a meal or lend an ear. She enjoyed collecting angels and salt and pepper shakers.
Arrangements are entrusted to Michael W. Cox, Cox Funeral Home; 218 South Meridian St., in Jasonville. Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home. Funeral services are 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at the funeral home with Pastor Dick Smith officiating. Cremation will follow funeral services at Mary’s request.