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“Helen was so much more than just a friend, I called her "Aunt Helen". Most of my fondest memories were of her and Earl coming to the Finnis house...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Patricia Finnis - New Port Richey, FL

“LINDA & FAMILY-- I loved your Mom Helen so much and I am going to miss her. She always made me smile and will always hold a special place in my...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Gina Taylor - Battle Creek, MI

“My deep and heartfelt condolences to all of my family in Battle Creek. Grandma Helen was an amazing woman who carried herself with grace through...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: Bonnie Yates-Reutell - Aurora, IL

“Linda and family So sorry to hear this! Sending thoughts and prayers to you during this difficult time. Enjoyed stopping in to visit with Helen...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: Karen Miller - Ceresco, MI


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Helen A Yates 94, of Battle Creek, MI died June 17,2020 at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. She was born April 19,1926 in Marshall, MI to Frank and Elinor Sebring. She attended Marshall Schools.

Helen was a medical secretary for Dr. Royer until retiring in 1967. She was a member of Pennfield Presbyterian Church. Helen enjoyed spending time with her family, as well as hosting weekend parties on the lake with her friends and their families. She loved gardening and enjoyed watching the birds on her bird feeders. She spent the last nine years at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility where she formed lasting friendships with other residents and staff.

Surviving are her daughters Linda Winter and Robbin Perkins both of Battle Creek, grand children Toni Miller and Richard Bork of Battle Creek, MI, Terry and Jennie McKee of Chicago, IL, Eric and Bonnie Reutell of Chicago, IL, and Nancy Perkins and Kim Worthington of Bronson, MI; great-grandchildren, Hope Earl, Rob Mitchell of Grand Rapids, MI, Ondi and Allison Miller of Battle Creek, MI, Ethan and Lottie McKee of Chicago, IL., and Zachary and Preston Perkins of Bronson, MI. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Earl Yates, her companion of 20 years, Frank Wagner, sons; David and Jeff Yates, and her parents.

A visitation will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, 105 Capital Ave. N.E. with a funeral service at 12 noon, that same day, at the funeral home with Pastor Tim Smothers of the 7th Day Baptist Church of Battle Creek, officiating. Those wishing to join the services via Livestream may visit https://vimeo.com/event/126230 or like & follow the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care Facebook page. Memorial Donations can be made to Calhoun County Medical Care Facility, or charity of one's choice.