Edris York Yates, 89, passed away on April 26, 2022 in Clermont Florida at South Lake Hospital. She was born to Toy Leonard and Elizabeth Holt York on January 29, 1933 in Staley, N.C. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her sister Linda York Harton.
Dr. Yates held degrees in education from Western Carolina, UNC, and a doctorate from Florida Atlantic University. She was a career educator in the Florida public school system in West Palm Beach and during her tenure held positions as teacher, counselor, and principal.
She had a special place in her heart for animals and wildlife and had several special dog companions throughout her life. Her hobbies included ceramics and painting. Edris enjoyed traveling and spending time with friends and family. One of her favorite places was Disney World, and after retiring, she moved to a community near the park. In retirement, she divided her time between Florida and her native North Carolina.
Edris is survived by: her niece, Karen Vaca (Tony) of Pittsboro, nephew H. Lynn Harton (Flavia), of Greenville, SC; and her niece Helen Harton (Dan Putnam), of Cedar Falls, Iowa; great nephews Grant Allen (Catherine) of Staley, Darren Allen of Asheboro, and Craig Allen of Weehawken, NJ; great nieces Sara Yazbeck (George) of Huntersville and Leigh Harton of NY City; one GG niece and one GG nephew.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 3rd, at 4:00 pm at Shady Grove Baptist Church, 6853 Old Staley Rd, Staley, NC 27355. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. The family will receive friends after the burial.