Sonya Yeates Kirkland passed into Heaven and joined the Lord on Wednesday, October 21, 2020.
Sonya was born to Clark “Speck” and Mary (Bengtson) Yeates on August 31,1937 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She grew up in the small farming community of Hillsdale, Oklahoma, and still holds the girl’s basketball high school record for most points in a game with 42. She then attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University, where she met her future husband, Jerry, with whom she time celebrated their 62nd anniversary in August.
After completing his doctorate at Oklahoma State University, the couple moved to Cincinnati, after which she often referred to herself as a “misplaced Okie”.
Sonya worked full-time as a homemaker and “sports” mom raising four active children, and enjoyed cooking, antiquing and volunteering for multiple organizations, including church, the Booster Club, Cary Cottage, and the Clovernook Center for the Blind. She later enjoyed spending time with family, traveling, and many social activities, which included membership in the Cincinnati Women’s Club, Folk Art Society, doll club, book club, and many years serving on the Board of Directors at both Heritage Village Museum and Decorative Arts Society of Cincinnati.
Sonya was preceded in death by her parents and only sister, Dian. She is survived by her husband Jerry; children Jeff, Missy, Chris and Jason; 11 loving grandchildren, and one great- grandchild.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at 2pm at Glendale Presbyterian Church, 155 E. Fountain Avenue, Glendale, Ohio 45246. Burial services will then be held in Alva, Oklahoma.
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