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Saturday, January 13, 2024
Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)
On October 25, 2023, Barbara Yeomans (nee Black) died at home with her daughter and son-in-law by her side. She had been in hospice for most of 2023. She was born in Chicago in 1928 to Robert F. Black and Fredonia Frazier Black. She grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, graduated from Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, attended Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Mills College in Oakland, California. She came back to Cleveland, met David L. Yeomans at work, and was married in 1951 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. During the 53 years of their marriage, she managed the move of their household nine times, raised four children, volunteered at their schools, and hosted family and friends at their Cleveland Heights home.
Once the children left for college, she began to pursue her own interests including swimming daily at the local YMCA. She was one of the “swimmin’ women” at the Cleveland Skating Club where she did water aerobics three times a week. She worked with a trainer several days a week to increase her mobility and endurance. She learned to needlepoint and was one of the “stitchin’ bitches” at Wool and Willow in Cleveland Heights. She made Christmas stockings and pillows and ornaments for all her children, in-laws, and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband David L. Yeomans; her parents Robert F. Black and Fredonia F. Black; her siblings Robert F. Black, Jr., Elizabeth B. Vehring and David F. Black; nieces Elizabeth B. McClure and Karen B. Meredith, and nephews Robert F. Black, and Michael F. Black.
She is survived by her children Tracy L. Yeomans (Gerald S. Kuncio), Carol Y. Horowitz (Lawrence A. Horowitz), Patricia Yeomans Salvador (Manuel L. Salvador), Richard B. Yeomans (Lisa R. Yeomans), by 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation are encouraged to donate to the Hospice of the Western Reserve, which assisted Barbara and the family in so many ways. A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights at Fairmount Boulevard and Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights on Saturday January 13, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. A reception and light luncheon will take place following the service at the Cleveland Skating Club.