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March 19, 2014

Helen C. Yarbrough

Jan. 8, 1925 - March 16, 2014

Helen C. Yarbrough, 89, of Washington, passed away from this life on Sunday. She was born Jan. 8, 1925, in Washington, to Elsie (Osher) and Harry Dogle Cates.

She graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. She was inducted into the Emeritus Club at Indiana University in 1997. She taught chemistry for two years at Oakland City University that included both lecture and laboratory classes. She was a supervisor chemist at Crane Naval Ammunition Depot for a number of years and invented a chemical coating for firing pins for the Navy. The United States Navy awarded her for her efforts. Later she received her real estate license in the 1970s; she became an AFLAC insurance agent in the early 1980s, and published her first book “The Skinny on Being Skinny” in 2008. She was a member of the Monday Afternoon Club, and a member of The Arts and Flowers Garden Club for over 50 years. She was also a member of the bridge club; she swam 100 laps a day for over 40 years, and enjoyed playing golf at the Washington Country Club. She was lifetime member of St. John’s Episcopal Church.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Frank K. Yarbrough; daughter Christine Yarbrough and John of Sebastian, Fla.; and son Brooks Yarbrough and wife Abby of Bath, Ohio; and three grandchildren, Tiffany, Nicole and Ashley.

There will be no standard visitation. She requested her remains be donated to Indiana University School of Medicine for scientific studies.

There will be a brief service at St. John’s Episcopal Church, and a Celebration of Life at the Washington Country Club with family and friends, to be announced at a later time.

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