The Curry Coastal Pilot

Miriam A. Yates, 80, passed away Dec. 30, 2012, at a local care facility in Brookings.

Miriam was born Feb. 21, 1932, in Everett, Wash., to Franklin and Ruth (Fickel) Harwood.

She married Fred Yates Nov. 6, 1951, in Seattle, Wash.

They made their home in Lake Forest Park, Wash. Miriam worked in several different fields there including as a teletype operator, an insurance secretary for Safeco, an insurance clerk for Walt Lagerstedt Insurance Agencies, a police clerk, dispatcher and court clerk for the City of Lake Forest Park, and finally as a financial coordinator for Mental Health North. She retired in 1995.

Miriam was also a former president, secretary and membership chair of the Lake Forest Park Civic Club, former president, secretary and volunteer for the Shoreline Historical Museum and a volunteer at the Seattle Audubon Retail Store. Additionally, Miriam served on the Lake Forest Park City Water Quality Commission, Planning Commission and City Council.

She and Fred moved to Brookings in 2002. In Brookings, Miriam volunteered her time with Hospice and the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce.

Survivors include her husband Fred Yates of Brookings; daughter Barbara Yates of Brookings; son Stephen Yates of Bellevue, Wash.; and granddaughters Kimberly and Julie Dudman of Brookings.

At Miriam's request, no ceremony will be held.

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Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.