Girl Scouts Remember Estelle Yates

Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest mourns the loss of Estelle H. Yates, who departed September 16, 2013. Services begin at 10:30 AM Friday, Sept. 27, at First United Methodist Church in Artesia, NM.  Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren.

Estelle was born on April 10, 1918, to Clarence S. and Catherine Hefler in Boston, Mass.  She attended Girls Latin School in Boston, where she received an education in Latin, English, history, mathematics and chemistry.  She went on to Chamberlain School to study interior decorating and design.  She met her husband, S. P. Yates on a blind date to the Boston Art Museum in 1939.  They married in Boston on March 3, 1940. Click here for more information.

Estelle was an avid supporter of Girl Scouting and took a very active role in the lives of Girl Scouts in New Mexico. She volunteered as a local Girl Scout troop leader for many years and served nine years on the National Girl Scouts Board of Directors. Thanks to her generous contributions, Estelle ensured that hundreds of Girl Scouts had the opportunity to enjoy the Santa Fe Opera over the years. Her prescence is so strongly known within the Girl Scouts of Desert Southwest that the Estelle Yates Award was created for volunter excellence in the Central Region of our council. This award is given to volunteers who go above and beyond serving the girls in their troop to positively impact Girl Scouts and their community.

She is preceded in death by her husband, S. P. Yates, on August 1, 2008, five brothers and sisters, and numerous other friends and relations. She is survived by her children, Peyton, wife Linda, of Artesia, Mary Davis, husband Ted, of England, and Richard of Santa Fe; daughters-in-law Judy Yates of Colorado Springs, CO, and Brenda Yates of Santa Fe; sister Virginia Seitz of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Jennifer Peterson, husband Dale, of Longmont, CO, Mary Beth Yates of Farmington, NM, Hanson Yates, wife Christine, of Houston, TX, Claire Lhoyd-Owen, husband Rupert, of England, Peyton Davis, wife Helen, of England, Courtney Yates of Sewickley, PA, Kelsy Yates, husband Kiri Humphrey, of Brooklyn, NY, and Porter Yates of Boulder, CO; nine great-grandchildren; and a large community of extended family and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to Girl Scouts through Paypal or by visiting your local Girl Scout office.