SOUTH PARIS — Iva E. Yates, 94, died at Market Square Health Care Center in South Paris on Monday, Jan. 7.
She was born in Woodstock, Oct. 19, 1918, the daughter of Hannah Emmons Yates and Lendall Bishop Yates. Lendall died while the family lived in Yarmouth, as he was the proprietor of a general store there. After his death in 1924, her mother, Hannah took the girls to live with her sister, Lucy and her husband, Ralph Richardson in Norway.
She was a 1936 graduate of Norway High School. Iva had also lived briefly in Manchester, N.H., during her young adulthood and for four years in Lisbon Falls.
A resident of Norway for many years, she worked at the Norway Shoe Shop with her sister, Laura for a few years, until she became unable to work due to her health. Although she had no children of her own, Iva spent many a day caring for her niece, Sue-Anne Tyler York, who passed away in 2011, and then her grandniece, Johannah. Iva was a devoted fan of Elvis Presley. She loved all God’s creatures, but was especially fond of cats and cared for many ferol cats, as well as wild animals throughout her lifetime.
She leaves a grandniece, Johannah York of North Conway, N.H.; several cousins; and her neighbor, Mike McLeod.
She was a loving sister to Ona Yates Tyler and Laura Yates, both of whom predeceased her. She was also predeceased by her longtime companion, Marcel H. Martin in 2011.
Online condolences may be shared with her family at www.chandlerfunerals.com.