OBITUARY

Doris Kathryn "Kathy" Yockey

July 7, 1942May 9, 2021
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Doris Kathryn Yockey, “Nana” of Athens, Georgia, entered into Heaven at her home on Sunday, May 9, 2021.

Kathy was born in Potlatch, Idaho on July 7, 1942 to Homer W. Reed and Doris L. Carmody Reed. She grew up in beautiful Spokane, Washington and often referred to it endearingly as “Small Town USA”. Northwestern summers were the host for lots of waterskiing, an activity that Kathy would still talk about even in old age. She loved the water and held many fond memories of afternoons spent with her parents and two sisters out on it. In early adulthood, Kathy found her career as a Licensed Practical Nurse and she enjoyed serving her patients on the floor. Shortly after beginning to work, she met her husband, Ray Yockey, and they moved across the country to Gainesville, Georgia where they would reside for a short time and welcome their daughter, Renee, into the world. They would soon relocate to Athens, Georgia, living on the edge of the University of Georgia campus. Saturday afternoons and evenings were her favorite as she could hear the crowds at Sanford Stadium roaring from her porch. Kathy was easily as loud as those crowds while she listened to Larry Munson’s play-by-play. Kathy was a huge Dawg fan and would quickly remind you that she was busy on those spirited Fall Saturdays if you were to ask her what she might be doing. Kathy had the privilege of staying at home to raise Renee and any friends who happened to be in the home at the time. She was quite the seamstress and sewed for what seemed like the entire Athens community including the Athens Ballet Theater and the Clarke Central High School Auxiliary. Her biggest projects each year were for the University of Georgia where she was responsible for making alterations to many of the Redcoat Band members’ uniforms and sewing the flags for the University flag corps. She was proud to see those flags fly around the field and marveled at how sharp the Redcoats looked at halftime. Later she would welcome her grandchildren, Mary Beth and Maddie, into her home and make memories with them there until they went off to school. She loved her girls and remained active in their lives.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Betse Beck, her granddaughter McKenzie Kathryn Hall and her husband Ray Yockey.

She is survived by her sister Margaret (Reed) and Gordon Fitzecam, her daughter Renee (Yockey) and David Hall, granddaughter Mary Beth (Hall) and Colby Pennington, granddaughter Maddie Hall, and great-granddaughter Mckenzie Rae Pennington. She is also survived by her daughter from another mother, Barbara Root, who was a part of her life for the last 49 years and Sharena Wrease who cared for her over the last two years and became like a granddaughter to Kathy.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 22 at the Bernstein’s Funeral Home Chapel in Athens, Georgia.

Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, May 22, 2021

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Martha Ashley

June 12, 2021

I met Kathy on the PetsForum more than 30 years ago. I send heartfelt condolences to her wonderful family on the loss of her kind, gentle spirit, and especially her cheerful disposition and joyous attitude. I personally also valued her honesty and down-to-earth nature.
I’m so pleased to read the fond memories of other PetsForum members in various places online. You can’t make old friends; Kathy was an old friend to so many. I send my gratitude for her friendship skyward.
~~marfy

Marilyn Zeldin

May 17, 2021

First, to Kathy's family I am so sorry for your loss. Kathy and I have been online 'friends' since the mid 90's. We met on the PetsForum on Compuserve and have been in touch one way or another ever since. I will miss her sparkly and cheeky posts. My thoughts are with you as you go through the difficult days ahead.

Rita Geer

May 16, 2021

I first met Kathy online in 1995 when I joined the petsforums on Compuserve. I remember spending hours online with her helping her understand new software. I first met her in person when another staffer and I traveled from NY to GA to visit her aunt and we took a side trip to Athens to meet Kathy in person. After that I what the good fortune to be able to visit with her in person several times. She will be missed by many.

Janice Fielder

May 16, 2021

Kathy was an online friend of mine from the Cats Forum. I had the privilege of meeting her in person in her home next to the campus of the UGA. Kathy helped many people online and the group was very sad to hear she had passed. Rest in peace Kathy.

Karen Allison

May 16, 2021

Kathy was an online friend of mine in the cats (later pets) forum. We shared stories and even once visited when I got to Atlanta. I'll miss her forever.

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