Willow Glen Funeral Home

1039 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA


Nancy E. Hall Yates

September 14, 1921September 17, 2019
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Nancy Ella (Hall) Yates was born Sept 14, 1921 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and was the only child of Fielding Beeler Hall and Carrie Peace (Moffett) Hall. She is survived by her daughter, Kathy Joy, son in law John, grandsons Andrew and Jason, granddaughter Ally, and Daughter in Law Vanessa Yates. Nancy was pre-deceased by her son Larry in 2013, and her husband Claude in 2017. During her adolescence, Nancy learned to shoot rifles and became quite an accomplished marksman. She won awards and medals over the years for these achievements. Nancy attended Occidental College then Stanford University where she received a master’s degree in Social Work. Nancy was a Supervisor in Social Welfare and lived and worked in Los Angeles for many years. During World War II, Nancy was a member of WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service; a unit of the U.S. Naval Reserve). This was one of her greatest accomplishments and proudest time of her life. She was honorably discharged as Specialist, QM2, in 1946. Nancy and Claude married in 1956 and settled in Chula Vista, CA in 1962. They raised two children and were very involved in activities of Boy and Girl Scouts, church, sporting and music events, and family travels. Nancy relocated to Morgan Hill, Ca. in 2017 and happily resided in an Assisted Living Community, making new friends and enjoying time with her family. Nancy comes from a long line of faithful and God loving family members. Her Scottish (Moffett) cousins were doctors, pastors, and/or missionaries. She was very proud of this legacy and the work that was accomplished around the world but specifically in South Korea. Her hobbies included sewing, camping, (She made several trips to Yosemite as a young girl), traveling, and Genealogy. She spent years researching and documenting her family’s history. She was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution for many years as well as the League of Women Voters. Anyone that knew Nancy knew her favorite thing, after God and her family, was Chocolate. She would always enjoy it at any opportunity. Nancy celebrated her 98th birthday recently and was happily surrounded by her family, especially her beloved grandchildren, of whom she was so very proud. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Nancy’s name to the Linares chapter of NSDAR, the American Red Cross, Boy and/or Girl Scouts of America (San Diego). I am bound for the promised land, no chilling winds nor poisonous breath can reach that healthful shore. Sickness, sorrow, pain and death are felt and feared no more.

“Get me a Hershey Bar” Sept 14, 1921-Sept 17, 2019


  • Visitation Saturday, September 28, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 28, 2019


Nancy E. Hall Yates

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Messages from friends

October 3, 2019

“Get me a Hershey bar”. It sounds like your mom was full of spunk and about as unpredictable as possible. Who goes to Stanford, becomes a gunner specialist in a woman’s’ volunteer army until and and then serves in Social Services for multiple years? Sounds like someone who wanted to take the “Road Less Travelled” if you ask me.
-Gary L. Kelly

Very sweet lady
-Chelly Bolger Wathen

HI Kathy, its Angela. Rob passes me his Facebook page with the message about your Mom. I am so sorry to hear that she has passed away. I know the sadness you must feel; I experienced it myself. Rob and I send you sympathy and prayers to you and your family.
-Angela Morris
Wow. What a beautiful woman. I think you look like her. And in that beautiful uniform, a real hero. U can also celebrate the moment. Know she is safe! Attached is a prayer by Karl Rahner, a giant in 20th century Catholic Theology. I believe his words!
“The great and sad mistake of many people is to imagine that those whom death has taken, leave us. They do not leave us. They remain. Where are they? In Darkness? Oh no! It is we who are in darkness. We do not see them, but they see us. Their eyes, Radiant with glory, are fixed on our eyes. O infinite consolation! Though invisible to us, our dead are not absent…They are living near us, transfigured…into light, into power into love”
-Rob Morris
Thinking of you, Kathy. My mom was born in 1922 and also a WAVE during WWII. Your mom lived a long, incredible life…may she rest in peace.
-Pat Ford

My condolences to you and your family on your loss. I pray God’s comfort.
-Gene Gourdeau

Oh Kathy, beautifully done tribute to our precious mother. What a blessing to have had her so close to you in these, her final years here. Until you meet again….
-Charlene Upton

Messages from friends

October 3, 2019

What a beautiful loving tribute to a wonderful person. She was always a kind person whenever I had the pleasure to meet her. She will always be in our hearts.
-Richard Gee-Kee

What a beautiful commentary on a life well lived! I wish I had known her! Blessings to u and ur beautiful family!
-Kathy Keay

A very beautiful write-up about your fabulous Mom. I really enjoyed reading about her and seeing her photographs. I know that she will be missed and wish you all, well.
-Elizabeth Cowlishaw

Wonderful woman, left a lot for us to learn. God keep her. She lived a full life with a cheerful smile always. Rest in peace. You have run a good race.
-Annie Mathew

So sorry to hear
-Vanessa Bremner Kinney

What a wonderful tribute to your Mom. My heart and thoughts are with you.
-Connie Smith

May your family find peace and comfort in the long and happy life Nancy had. She was a wonderful woman and loved her family so much. Your bond was heartwarming to see. I so enjoyed meeting Nancy through the Moffett family reunion and learning so much from her about the Moffett family of whom she was extremely proud. The times I spent with Nancy and Claude were so much fun and I will always remember them with great joy and fondness. RIP Nancy
-Cathy Vallevieni

Kathy. We met your mom so many years back A wonderful mom we remember her always. Our prayers and remembrances.
-Joy John
What an incredible woman. I have loved seeing the pictures of you and your mom. My prayers are with you and our family.
-Patty Club Sebald

Great woman and a blessed mom. Always used to admire her…our prayers with you…May her soul RIIP
-Geemol Abraham

Kathy…. I’m sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and the family. Prayers to you all.
-Michael Arevalo

Messages from Friends

October 3, 2019

What a beautiful tribute to your awesome Mom. Much love to you and your family
-Lori Szybist

Wonderful tribute. An inspiring life!
-Beth Darrow

That is lovely Kathy and your mom was a babe when she was in the service-you look so like her
-Linda Hanline

What a beautiful tribute to your wonderful mother
-Mary Kohlmiller

Angel is right! I remember her as one of the nicest mom’s I knew. And you inherited her lovely personality!
-Darryl-Christopher Payne

Beautiful. Sending you love
-Missi Hatfield

Nice obituary, Kathy. I knew a lot of the things but marksmanship too?!? Wow! Your mom was really special.
-Karen Nowak

What an amazing woman especially obtaining that education that long ago
-Maggie Reynolds

This was a neat look into your mom’s life. Welcome to the adult orphans without sibling’s club. IF you ever need help finding your way, give me a call. I have been at it longer that you. RIP Nancy.
-Robert Watson

I am sorry for your loss. Prayers
-Lila Lila

Lovely obituary, Kathy. Sending love
-Kirstie Winthrope

She was definitely a remarkable, one of a kind woman. She will be missed by many.
-Helyn Sloan

What an interesting life she led! A great legacy for your whole family.
-Cindy Groce Adams

That is such a beautiful tribute and she sounded like a great woman. Cherish the memories.
-sandy Booth Kitterman

She certainly was a remarkable woman who had an interesting, love filled life/ I wish our branch of the family had lived closer to your side. We’re so glad we were able to spend time with all of you last summer. You’ve been a wonderful daughter and have devoted so much of the past few years to her care. I know you’ll miss her a lot. Love, Fran
-Bill and Fran Darrow

That was beautiful and she sounds like an awesome woman. Again, sorry for your loss.
-Andrea Rosetta Montoya

Beautifully written, Kathy xxxooo so glad we had a chance to chat …sending much love
-Linda Nimchuk Watson

Your daughter Kathy

September 23, 2019

I am so glad we got to make so many family memories together.
Life will be so different now without you a part of it with us.
You showed us strength, perseverance, and wit. Your heart and spirit led you through a very full life.
You will be deeply missed but never forgotten. We wouldn't be where we are today if it wasnt for you.
Thank you Mom. We love you!


Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother

Nancy held many titles in her life, but these were the ones most dear to her. Her family was her world.

She left her career in the helping profession as a Social Worker to be a full time Mom to her two children.

Nancy was "the" Mom that volunteered at school, chaperoned field trips, attended concerts, recitals, sporting events and fundraisers.

She loved to entertain in her home and would clean, cook, and be dressed to greet her guests. There are many fond memories of an elegantly set table, complete with fine china and cut crystal.

Nancy tolerated the antics of her children, including them bringing in "pets" from the backyard such as toads, lizards,and bugs. She encouraged her kids to explore life and was on hand with help, words of advice, or a First Aid kit, depending on the situation.

Nancy's love of history and learning followed on family vacations. Each trip we took, there was a plethora of information to read about and learn from, although most of the time she would do the reading while the kids played in the pool or at the beach. She spend many years laboriously researching her family's history and collected numerous amounts of information for us to cherish and learn from.

Nancy and her husband traveled to many places around the world, soaking in the cultures and capturing the experiences with pictures and stories.

She was very involved with both her grandson's lives, from the time they were born until they became adults and ventured out on their own, but she held a special place in her heart for them, as do most grandparents.

She loved to learn, and would spend hours with crossword puzzles or reading to expand her knowledge.
Nancy found pleasure in simple activities such as playing board games, taking drives to the mountains, along the coast, or anywhere she could see trees. She loved the outdoors and especially on a warm sunny day would spend time just soaking it all in.

Nancy had a strong faith and she know God would see her through the times of struggles and weakness, either physical or emotional. She know God would never fail.

Her faith and spirit blessed her with 98 full years of life with those she loved the most: her family.
Now it is time to rest.

"If roses grow in Heaven, Lord, please pick a bunch for me. Place them in my Mother's arms and tell her they're from me. Tell her we love her and miss her, and when she turns to smile, place a kiss on her cheek and hold her for awhile. Because remembering her is easy, we do it everyday. There's an ache within my heart that will never go away." (Author Unknown)

“Get me a Hershey Bar”
Sept 14, 1921-Sept 17, 2019