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Obituary for Barbara Ruth Yates (Evans)

Barbara Ruth  Yates (Evans)
Barbara Evans Yates, 88, a life-long resident of Kennebunk, died October 5, 2018 with her family by her side at Seal Rock Healthcare Center in Saco where she resided for eighteen months.

Barbara was born in Biddeford, June 29, 1930, the daughter of Roy A. Evans and Blanche L. Evans. She graduated from Kennebunk High School, class of 1949. She attended Gorham State Teachers College for 2 years.

She married the love of her life, J. Russell Yates, October 11, 1951. They helped run the family hotel, The Sagamore, later known as The Sea Spray. Then, she stayed at home with their children until early ’70’s when she started delivering mail for the US Postal Service.
Barbara became a Deputy Town Clerk in 1978 and continued as an Assistant Town Clerk in 1992 until 2005. She loved working for the town of Kennebunk where she had the opportunity to meet and help many residents. One of her favorite accomplishments was graduating from the “1st Civilian Police Academy” offered by the Kennebunk Police Department in December 2014. She also loved volunteering for the Police Department.

She loved the ocean, watching the waves on sunny days as well as stormy ones. She was a backyard naturalist, with beautiful gardens and a wealth of knowledge about birds and animals. She could identify birds by their songs and appearance. She loved cats and dogs,
stopping to greet any and all. She also enjoyed traveling with Russell on their many cruises to
the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska, and the Middle East. Gambling was another hobby; they
frequently went with friends and family to Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun and other gambling
destinations. They loved spending time in Sanibel, Florida, where they resided for many winters.
Barbara is survived by her children, Steve and his wife, Alice, of Kingfield, Maine, Susan
and her husband, Jim Dishner, of Noblesville, Indiana, Bill and his partner, Stacey, of Alfred,
Maine, and Jay and his wife, Eileen, of Medway, Massachusetts as well as ten grandchildren
and eight great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 1PM on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Evergreen Cemetery on Rt. 35 in Kennebunk.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her honor to the Animal
Welfare Society, PO Box 43, West Kennebunk, ME 04094 or call (207) 985-3244, ext. 123.

Arrangements are in the care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St., Kennebunk.

To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit Barbara’s Book of Memories page at

Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043.
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