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Evelyn P. Yates

January 10, 1929 - January 08, 2022


Boulger Funeral Home

Evelyn P. Yates

January 10, 1929 - January 08, 2022



Evelyn was the last child of 6 born to Albert & Constance (Tempelhaug) Pederson in Minot, ND on Jan 10, 1929.

Evelyn attended McKinley & Lincoln Elementary schools & graduated from Minot Senior High School in 1947.

Evelyn began working at Northwestern Bell as a long distance telephone operator in Minot in 1947; in 1950 she transferred to Bellingham, WA with a group of friends; 1952 she returned to Minot; & transferred to Fargo in 1975.

Evelyn married Charles E. Yates at Zion Lutheran Church in Minot on Dec 21, 1952 until his passing in 1986.

Evelyn & Charles, began their married life in Chinook, MT; daughter Cheryl was born in Havre, MT in 1953; lived in Calgary, Alberta, Canada; daughter Kathie was born in Ashley, ND in 1954; & daughter Diana was born in Shreveport, LA in 1955. After their births, the family lived in Galveston, TX & Haynesville, LA before returning to Minot in 1961. When her 3- daughters graduated from high school, Evelyn & Diana made one last move to Fargo, ND in 1975.

Evelyn became a single parent with 3 teenage daughters in the turbulent 60’s&70’s & willingly put in any extra hours she could to support them & had double-knee replacement surgery in 2004.

Evelyn welcomed David W. Baker in 1984 & Robert W. Vaughan in 1997 with open arms.

Evelyn retired from AT&T (formerly, Northwestern Bell) on Jun 14, 1990 with 32-years of accumulated service.

Evelyn’s roots were in ND, but, was blessed to have had the opportunity to cross the pond to her Motherland in Norway/ Scandinavian countries & besides the many trips to visit her daughters, siblings, nieces/nephews, & in- laws, the other highlights of her ventures were road trips to Pella, IA, Holland, MI, Asheville, NC to admire the Vanderbuilt Estate; a steamboat cruise on the Mississippi River for her 70th birthday, a trip to Cancun, Mexico for her 80th birthday; & after her many, many attendances at the Norsk Hostfest (only missing 3) & purchasing a raffle ticket, she won a trip to Las Vegas & would continue to try her luck at local casinos. Her longest & most favorite trip of a lifetime was in 1982 when she & her 3-daughters spent 3-weeks with a AAA TripTik exploring parts unknown every day taking them to St Louis & Hannibal, MO; Memphis & Gatlinburg, TN; Charlottesville, Williamsburg, & Mount Vernon, VA; Hershey, PA; Patterson & Glens Falls, NY; Ottawa & Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada; Sault Ste Marie & Mackinaw City, MI; Green Bay, WI; Minneapolis, MN; & back to Fargo, ND.

Evelyn made use of the unexpected shut-in time to work 48 jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, & read.

Evelyn joined her loved ones who have been deeply deeply missed, thus, bringing to a close her Pederson Family (parents/ Albert & Constance & siblings/ Melvin, Melba, Alma, Harry, Arnold) which began in 1889. Evelyn was also the last living member of her husband’s Yates Family (parents/ Junius & Augusta & siblings/Ruby, Bertis, Era, Oscar, Floyce, Charles) which began in 1884.

Evelyn passed on Saturday/January 8, 2022 at Bethany Retirement Living on University in Fargo, ND with her daughters by her side who will live with the memory of her beautiful face & her beautiful heart .

Evelyn is survived by her 3-daughters, 2-daughters of the heart, & numerous nieces/ nephews.

The family requests that in Evelyn’s memory donations be made to your local Salvation Army, her favorite charity & a long-time Red Kettle volunteer as well.


Mummsy, Mom, Mommie, MommaSita, as we lovingly called her…

How do we go on without you, when, you’ve been our everything for 68-67-66-yrs? We will always be so very grateful for:

: your loving/ giving/ fun-filled heart
: your delicious cooking/baking (especially, your mac-n-cheese, gingerbread cookies, & cheesecake)
: the pride in your Norwegian heritage &, even though you’re 100% Norwegian, you were an ardent Anglophile as well
: your strength in facing the challenges of life/ death (& raising 3-daughters born in 3-yrs, November, November, & December)
: your beautiful spirit both, inside-n-out
: your love of the Lord & being sure your daughters were baptized/confirmed into the Lutheran faith
: your love of old movies/musicals (especially, “I Remember Mama” & “White Christmas”)
: your love of laughter (especially, with “Ellen “)
: your opening your heart to 2 additional daughters (Marla Hill Dykhoff & Connie Erickson) to the family
: your creativity with sewing (especially, making us matching dresses as children) & handwork (Xmas is all bedazzled in sequins)
: your love of jigsaw puzzles & crosswords puzzles
: your love of donating to every person/ community/organization / disaster in need
: your grace/resilience/ dignity were forefront when difficult circumstances entered the Queendom &, despite them all, we persevered TOGETHER
: your making time for gatherings/fun with childhood friends/classmates/ co- workers
: your encouragement of our love/participation in sports (especially, figure skating/ softball/ tennis) & watching the Summer/Winter Olympics
: your adding the love/care/expense of animals to our home
: your joy in the simple things (an unexpected $20, a tape recorder, & being stuck in a blizzard on Hwy 83)
: & mostly, your patience/ good nature/ kindness/unending love.

Our heart’s are broken with your passing, our heart’s melt because of the love you’ve given them, & our heart ‘ s will heal when we meet again. Rest in heavenly peace, our beloved/ beautiful angel, watch for our kisses, & visit us often! The Lord bless & keep you forever & ever.

“Gone is the face we loved so dear. Silent is the voice we loved to hear. Too far away for sight or speech. But not too far for thought to reach.” – Unknown


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6 responses to “Evelyn P. Yates”

  1. Julie Mitchell says:

    Oh Evelyn, your obituary is just beautiful…it is so you! I will miss our many clinic visits. You are one delightful lady I will never forget! Rest in peace. Sincere sympathy to your family!

  2. Zander Ness says:

    hope you are at peace, Evelyn. you are and will always be missed by many. sending you my love

  3. Renee Ulberg says:

    I worked with Evelyn in Minot ND many years ago. She lived for her daughters. She was a wonderful mother and friend. May she rest in peace 🙏.

  4. Gail Hanson says:

    Evelyn was such a beautiful lady inside and out!!! What great memories you will have.

  5. Judy Littlefield says:

    Your beautiful smile will be missed by all who worked with you! RIP

  6. Dakota Telco says:

    Dee and family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you on the loss of your mother.

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