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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • Obituary: Helen Virginia Yates McAtee Davis, 93

  • Helen Virginia Yates McAtee Davis, 93, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and precious friend to many... passed away May 16, 2014.
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  • Helen Virginia Yates McAtee Davis, 93, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and precious friend to many... passed away May 16, 2014.
    Funeral Service will be Monday, May 19, at 11:00am at the Church of Christ in Wellington, KS, followed by a grave-side service at Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Wellington. Visitation will be Sunday, May 18, 2014 from 1:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. with the family receiving friends from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Residential Care Unit of Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington, KS; the Chancel Choir of the United Methodist Church in Waterville, KS; or the Church of Christ in Wellington, KS, and may be sent to the Shelley Family Funeral Home, 704 N Washington, Wellington, KS 67152.
    Helen was born on May 29, 1920 in Danville, KS to Ray Sewel and Lula Martin Michael Yates. She was married to Aubrey Nelson McAtee on December 1, 1945 in Waterville, KS. Four children were born to this union; Jamie Katherine, Betsy Lea, James Nelson and Susan Margaret. They were married 42 years before he preceded her in death on December 5, 1987. Helen was united in marriage to Ted Davis on November 25, 1995 and they made their home in Wellington, KS.
    Helen graduated from Wellington High School in 1938 and Kansas State Teachers College (now Emporia State University) in 1942. She was Homecoming Queen at KSTC in 1941. She taught vocal music at Waterville High School before becoming a stay at home wife and mother. She was very active in Girl Scouting and was a Lifetime Member of the Girl Scouts of America. Continuing to shape the lives of the youth of Waterville, Helen returned to teaching at the kindergarten level and was an active member of the Valley Heights USD #498 Board of Education. She taught voice and piano to private students in her home. She was an Ordained Minister of Music at the United Methodist Church in Waterville, where she was the Chancel Choir and Hand bell Choir Director for 50 years. She had a passion for music, and a kind and gentle spirit. Helen spent the last six and a-half years of her life as a resident of the Residential Care Unit of Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington, KS, where she and her family received the most gentle care from the entire staff of compassionate doctors, nurses, and care-givers.
    Helen is survived by Ted of the home; her son James (Pat) McAtee of Wellington; her daughters Jamie Pittman of Cottonwood Falls, KS; Betsy (Doug) Corder of Ft. Garland, CO; Susan (Brian) Richards of Olathe, KS; step-daughter Markie (Peter) Bieri, Lawrence, KS; grandchildren Joshua (Leslie) Boyd, Jadrian (Bobby) Hester, Seth (Heather) Corder, Amy Goeddel, Carey Richards; great-grandchildren Authum Hester, Ivy and Simon Boyd, Marshall and Liam Corder; step-grandchildren Kirsten (Tony) Agee; Chessa (Mike) Ronning; Britt (Kelly) Bieri; and Kenny (Natasha) Etter; step-great-grandchildren Jay and Molly Ronning, Harper Agee, and Jonny, Hunter, and Bailey Etter, and Austin Cotton; brother-in-law Don Graber; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews
    Page 2 of 2 - She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband A.N. "Jim" McAtee; her brother, Horace Yates; her sisters, Irene Davis and Marie Graber; and grandson Eric Richards and great-grandson Aaron Hester.

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