Betty G. Yakle, 91, of Dunedin, FL, passed away on March 7th, 2019.
Einstein said of Gandhi that someday the world would hardly believe that such a one as he ever lived on this earth. Those who knew Betty Yakle could easily say the same thing about her. Of her many sterling qualities, the label, “Caregiver”, us most appropriate. From the time she was a teen, caring for her younger brother, through nurses training and practice, to constantly giving of herself to family, friends, neighbors, and community, she was a born “Giver”.
Betty was born in Quincy, IL and her early years were spent in the vicinity. After graduation valedictorian from Clayton high school, she obtained her RN through the United States Cadet Nurse Program in conjunction with St. Mary’s hospital in Quincy and Quincy College. When WWII ended, she did not need to serve in the military and nursed locally until marrying the love of her life, James Russell Yakel, from Clayton IL. Betty and Jim settled in Timewell, IL, where Jim managed Yakle Lumber Yards. During the 1960’s, they also owned coin laundries in Quincy, IL and in Canton, MO. In 1962, Betty and Jim moved their family to the west coast of Florida, where they established Yakle Lumber Yard in Palm Harbor, which they owned and operated until their retirement.
Jim and Betty returned frequently to Brown County, IL, where they continued to own a family farm in Pea Ridge Township and enjoyed the time spent with family and friends.
Betty was quick of mind, loving, with a sweet disposition, and was a splendid organizer. She was a long time member of the American Legion Auxiliary and a member of The Order of the Eastern Star where she served at one time as Worthy Matron of her chapter. In recent years, she has taken great pleasure in her active membership in Questers, an organization interested in antiques and historic preservation. Herself a collector, Betty complied a collection of butter pats worthy of a museum. She and Jim traveled extensively, but in later years her true joy was in her grandchildren.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, James Russell Yakle. She is survived by her three children, Linda Yakle, Steven Yakle and wife Cindy, and Roxie Yakle Schmitz; and her three grandchildren, Cassie Schmitz, Jared Yakle, Allison Demianiuk and husband Alex.
Moss Feaster Funeral home in Dunedin, Florida will be handling arrangements. A memorial service for Betty will be held on Tuesday, April 9th at 12pm at Historic Andrew’s Chapel which is located in Hammock Park at 1899 San Mateo Drive, Dunedin, FL, 34698.
Private burial will be in the Mounds Cemetery near Timewell, Illinois at a later date.
The Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling is assisting the family with the local arrangements.