In recognition of the honor, her name will be engraved on the Outstanding Human Ecology Alumni plaque that is displayed in TTU’s South Hall.
A 1959 home economics education graduate, Yates began her career as a University of Tennessee Extension Service home economist in Clay County.
She later earned her master’s degree at UT-Knoxville, where she worked as a graduate assistant in extension education, and received additional education at Georgetown University and New Mexico State University.
Yates has served as a family life education specialist with the Texas Cooperative Extension Service, taught in the College of Home Economics at UT-K and held positions in South Carolina and New Mexico in work focusing on senior citizens.
She has been selected for membership in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, Omicron Nu honor society and Outstanding Young Women in America, and she won a research award for her master’s thesis.
She is the wife of Les Yates, whose career closely resembles hers. They have two sons, Walter and Kevin, and four grandchildren, Maddie, Emily, Katie and Rachel.
The couple lives in Jackson County, where Yates volunteers for the Health Council and Rural Health Initiative Advisory Council, Granville Museum Board and as an AARP tax aide.