Anna Belle M. Yates
Aug. 19, 1925 – Sept. 23, 2015
Anna Belle McClung Yates, 90, of Staunton passed away Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, at King’s Daughters’ Community Health & Rehabilitation Center. She was born Aug. 19, 1925, in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, a daughter of the late Jacob Ralph McClung and Ida Pearl.
Anna Belle was a graduate of West Virginia School for the Deaf and Gallaudet University. She was a member of the sorority, Phi Kappa Zeta. Anna Belle worked for more than 30 years as the librarian at Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind. She greatly enjoyed reading, traveling and dancing. Anna Belle had a great passion for her home state, “montani semper liberi,” and she loved animals. She also took great pride in being a mother, taking care of and loving her family.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred P. Yates Jr. Survivors include her son, Ralph A. Yates and wife, Pam, of Warner Robins, Georgia; two daughters, Jo Belle Anthony and husband, David H., and April Y. Keegan and husband, Ty, all of Staunton; eight grandchildren, Fred P. Yates III, Michanne Yates, Mathew Altmeyer and Erin Newton, all of Georgia, Jessica Baake and husband, Paul, of Chester, Joshua Anthony and wife, Molly, of Charlottesville, Lyndsey Keegan of Staunton and Kelsey Sprouse and husband, Josh, of Fulks Run; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lula Dickey of Independence, Missouri.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, at the Staunton Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes, with Pastor John Eicher officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Anna Belle’s memory to the Virginia School of the Deaf Alumni Association, Staunton, and/or your local SPCA.