Paula Yates

December 26, 1944 ~ February 2, 2024 (age 79) 79 Years Old

Paula Yates Obituary

Paula Bowman Yates, of Mt. Perry, Ohio, passed from this life Friday, February 2, 2024, at her residence in Russell Springs, Kentucky.  She was 79 years of age.

Paula was born December 26, 1944, in Marion, Indiana, daughter of the late Herb and Mary Hobbs Bowman.  After earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing, Paula became one of the first registered nurses in the state of Georgia.  She was a very “hands on” and independent woman.  Paula was a strong advocate for equal rights for women in the late 70’s, early 80’s and was until her passing, an environmental conservationist, always supporting various organizations including the Arbor Day Foundation and National Wildlife Federation.  Being a very “outdoorsy” person, Paula loved raising a big garden and being out in the country air.  She loved all animals, especially her “fur-babies” and just wasn’t able to turn a cat away.

She is survived by her daughters, Shawna (and Stephen) McHolan, of Russell Springs, Kentucky, and Kayla Yates, of Mount Perry, Ohio; her brothers, JerryLee Bowman, of Lincolnville, Indiana, and William “Butch” (and Debbie) Bowman, of Gas City, Indiana; her sisters, Janet Gary and Connie Jo “Tootie” Skeens, both of Marion, Indiana; and her five grandchildren.

Along with her parents, Paula is preceded in death by her brother, Jim Bowman; and her sister, Herbetta Cox.

A Memorial Service celebrating the life of Paula Bowman Yates will be held at a later date.

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