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Audrey L. Yakes

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 13th, 2012

Audrey L. Yakes
Audrey L. Yakes, 83, of Waldport, Ore., died Oct. 22, 2012 at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport, Ore.

She was born May 16, 1929 to Edna and Harley Lanphere in Eau Claire, Wis. As a youth she loved gymnastics. She attended Eau Claire High School.

Audrey met Lester Yakes at a dance. They married Sept. 8, 1946 in Eau Claire.

Audrey lived in numerous states and liked to travel. She worked at a variety of jobs, as a butcher, in a candy factory, assembled water skies, gas station owner, fishing boat owner, crab shaker and shrimp picker.

She loved and was loved by everyone. Her life was filled with service for her family, church and community. At 79, she helped the elderly by cleaning homes and chauffeuring many who couldn’t drive or get around. She often provided meals for those in need. Audrey was a creative writer and enjoyed theater. She loved to garden, fish, go bowling, paint, play games, and do crafts. She was the best cook in town. She was a National Champion Archer in her younger years.

She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Audrey fulfilled many callings of service for her church. She was one of the original members that served and assisted in increasing the membership in Newport and Waldport. She served two missions after the death of her husband Lester.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Yakes; her parents, Harley and Edna Lanphere; three sisters, Nadine Kramer, Dona McFarlane and Noela Trombley; two brothers, Ken and Daryl Lanphere; grandson Troy Humbird; and granddaughter Julie Yakes.

She is survived by her children, Alan (Cindy) Yakes of Waldport, Ronda (Dennis) Humbird of Waldport, and Barbara Michaud of Hillsboro; brother, Gary (Annette) Lanphere of Eau Claire; brother-in-law Joe Kramer of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life was held at 4 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Waldport.

Bateman Funeral Home handled arrangements.

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