Bertha Emily Binder Yates or Mammaw Bertie as her grandchildren knew her, 97, of Ashland, passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, at her home. She was born Dec. 20, 1918, in London, the daughter of the late John and Sarah Adams Binder. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ira Edward Yates; her daughter, Juanita Davidson; four brothers, John Binder, Paul Binder, Robert Binder and Walter Binder; and one sister, Ollie Feltner. Bertha was a member of Moore Street Tabernacle in Ashland. She loved going to church.
Bertha owned and operated Yates Grocery for more than 30 years. She was an extremely hard worker and enjoyed working in her garden. Bertha is survived by three sons, Cecil Yates and wife Pat of Lawrenceburg, Curtis Yates and wife Denise of Ashland and David Yates and wife Judith of Ashland; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Hazel Binder. A funeral service celebrating her life will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, at Kilgore & Collier Funeral Home in Catlettsburg with Pastor Danny Pancake officiating. Burial will be in Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens in Ashland.