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Yohe, Mary Lee (Adams) 1929- 2013


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Date: 8/13/2013 at 19:40:07

6/19/2013 Waukon Standard

Mary Yohe

Mary Lee Adams Yohe, 84, passed away peacefully March 12, 2013 in Gilbert, AZ after a courageous battle with Parkinsonís disease and Leukemia. A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29 at the Peace Lutheran Church in Clayton, with burial at the Clayton Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. and a luncheon to follow.


Added by Connie Ellis (not related) on 05/22/2018:


Mary Lee Yohe, age 84, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 in Gilbert, Arizona after a courageous battle with Parkinson's disease and Leukemia. Memorial services were held at the Falconer Funeral Home in Gilbert on Saturday, March 16, 2013 and an additional service was held on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at the Peace Lutheran Church in Clayton, Iowa with burial in the Clayton Cemetery in Clayton, Iowa.

Mary Lee Adams was born in Clayton, Iowa on January 10, 1929 to Arthur and Jane Adams. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Donald Robert "Don" Yohe; and their children Ralph (Mia) Yohe, Bernie Yohe, Aletha (James) DeRonde, Dean (Nikki) Yohe, and Roger (Karen) Yohe; 19 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; and her sister Abigail.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her eldest son, Dennis, who passed away on February 24, 2013; her brothers Gordon, Dixon, and Stanley Adams.

Mary created a network of friends that she kept in touch with throughout her life. Mary and Don first lived in Clayton, Iowa after their marriage. They then moved to Waterville, Iowa in the 1950's where Don was a teacher and coach for several years at the Waterville Consolidated School District. The family would move many times settling in Mankato, Minnesota to further his degree in education; then served as a principal in Hansell, Iowa, Ackley, Iowa, and Colfax, Iowa before they moved to Arizona where he continued in education for a few more years before they retired. In Arizona they lived in Tempe, Gold Canyon, and finally in Gilbert, Arizona where Mary received care from her daughter Aletha and her family.

Throughout Mary's life she did not allow her illness to change her outlook on life. She lived each day with compassion and concern for others, placing their welfare before her. She was a kindhearted, generous wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She has blessed those in her life with a legacy of love. Her family and friends will continue to cherish memories of her antique-souvenir collecting, budgeting, baking of delicious cinnamon rolls, and infectious laughter. Mary will be remembered as a social woman, always chatting on her phone or catching up with friends on Facebook.

Mary and Don spent 40 years collecting antiques from Clayton, Ackley, and Colfax. Their Ackley souvenir collection was donated to the Ackley Historical Society, and their cumulative Colfax collection contained over 150 items which include rare china, spoons, postcards, and one of a kind items.

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