50 years ago: Lena Yates passes

West-bay-50-years-finalIn the Sept. 28, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote:

“Mr. J.S. Banks returned on the 22nd having made a business trip to Miami. Arriving the same day were Messrs. Ivan Farrington and Duel Rivers of Central Gulf Co. on S.S. Greenlake.

“Mrs. Roman Welds left on the 22nd for Jamaica where she will meet her husband, who will be going there for the weekend on the S.S. Ore Conway.

“Mrs. Nina Wallace left on the 25th for Kentucky to meet her son Kirksy who is in the army. He will get out of the army in February, when they will make their home in Baltimore.

“Jemima Hydes and son Noel returned on the 25th having made a short visit to Miami.

“Mr. Whales Ebanks left for Jamaica on the 25th to seek medical aid, accompanied by his son Conolly.

“Mrs. Lena Yates, wife of the late Capt. Raymond Yates, passed away suddenly at her home on the 21st. She was 80 years of age, but still quite active. She sat in a rocking chair with her Bible waiting for her companion Rhoda to come for their usual morning devotion but when Rhoda came, she was dead.

“It can be truly said of Mrs. Yates she was a modern Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and alms deeds which she did. Her pleasure was to help others, even at a sacrifice.

“Left to mourn are Carson, Louis, Raymond Jr. and her only daughter, Ella, who was in Tampa and got here the day after the funeral. Also Theda and Mrs. Ausley Parsons, adopted daughters. Five grandchildren, one great granddaughter. One brother, Capt. Layman Bodden, and one sister, Mrs. Cora Henning. Her funeral was conducted by Mr. Scott and her body laid to rest in the West Bay cemetery.

“Miss Natalie Groves returned on the 25th after spending an enjoyable 17 days vacation in Miami with her brother Floyd and in New York with relatives.

“We are happy to see Mrs. Rayburn Farrington back home from Jamaica where she had medical attention, and she reports feeling much better.

“The annual Sunday School contest of the Bosun Bay Presbyterian Church begins Oct. 2 at 9:45 a.m. Miss Lorna Ebanks and Miss Charlene Ebanks are the leaders. There will be competitions in memorized scripture, religious poems and stories, Bible knowledge, attendance, etc.”