Mary Magdeline Yokom, 88, of Pendleton, and a former Baker City resident, died April 16, 2001, at Covenant Care Homes in Pendleton.
Recitation of the rosary will be Thursday at 7 p.m. at Burns Mortuary Chapel, 685 W. Hermiston Ave. in Hermiston. Mass of Christian burial will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church in Hermiston. Burial will follow at Hermiston Cemetery.
Mrs. Yokom was born Nov. 5, 1912, at Empire, Mich., to Adolph and Elodie (Schonbert) Van Beveren. She grew up in Baker City and attended St. Francis Academy, where she excelled in playing basketball left-handed. She graduated from St. Francis Academy and then married Dexter Aden Yokom at Baker City.
They lived in Baker City for a while, and Mrs. Yokom worked at Millers Confectionary and Basche-Sage Hardware.
The couple then moved to Canyon City, where they owned the Canyon City Pastime. They next moved to Prairie City, where they owned the Prairie City Pastime. They then moved to Mount Vernon, where they ranched and operated a dairy.
The Yokoms then moved to Enterprise, where they purchased the Range Rider Tavern, which they operated from 1954 until 1979, when the couple retired. While in Enterprise the Yokoms also raised sheep and cattle, and helped with 4-H sheep showings.
The couple move to Hermiston in 1989. Mr. Yokom died in 1993. Mrs. Yokom lived in Hermiston until she moved to Pendleton about two years ago. She was a member of the Catholic Church and Altar Society, the Soroptimist Club, and was a life member of the Enterprise Elks Lodge No. 1829. She also enjoyed snow skiing.
Mrs. Yokom is survived by her son, Dexter Aden Yokom Jr. of Hermiston; daughters, Mary Ann Warnock of Echo and Elodie Banks of Pendleton; sisters, Germay Guthrie of Hermiston and Stella De Bel of Silverton; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Dexter Yokom Sr.; her son-in-law, Ron Broadfoot, who died in 1996; a sister, Florene Crabill; and a brother, Albert Van Beveren.
Contributions in Mrs. Yokom’s memory may be made to the Parkinson’s Center of Oregon in care of the Burns Mortuary, P.O. Box 289, Hermiston, OR 97838.
Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, April 20, 2001
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor