Virginia H. Yates, 93, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at home on December 3, 2010, in Coconut Creek, Fla. Ginny, a very special lady, was born on November 18, 1917, in Gloversville, N.Y., the oldest daughter of Moses L. and Ruth E. Harris. She grew up in Fultonville, N.Y. with her seven brothers and sisters and graduated from Fultonville High School. She then attended the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute in Rochester, N.Y. On June 27, 1942, she married Edward S. Yates of Fultonville.
Virginia was known by her many friends and family as a loving, caring person who worked hard and enjoyed her life. She was an active and involved member of her community as a lifelong member and volunteer of the Fultonville Dutch Reformed Church, the Daughters of the American Revolution, Children of the American Revolution, the Frothingham Library Association, Girl Scouts of America and many other community activities and organizations. She was a vibrant woman with many talents yet a great sense of humility and will be remembered for her compassion, kindness and love.
Virginia was predeceased by her husband in 2007. She is survived by: her daughter, Linda Maddy of Coconut Creek, Fla.; two granddaughters, Sarah Spataro of Costa Mesa, Calif. and Rebecca Allen of Asheville, N.C.; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Thelma Tarlow of Naples, Fla.; and two brothers, Evans Harris of Seneca, S.C. and Thomas Harris of Cleveland, Tenn.
A memorial service will be held in Fultonville, N.Y. in the spring of 2011 and interment will be in the Maple Avenue Cemetery. A public announcement will precede the service.