Andover — Rosamond Waldo "Robbie" Yeates died peacefully on January 7, 2013, surrounded by family, at Massachusetts General Hospital. She was 92. Robbie was born to John Adan Waldo Jr. and Helen Cargill Waldo on July 6, 1920, in Swampscott.
She was predeceased by her brother, John Adan Waldo III and her sister, Priscilla Waldo Papin. She is survived by her brother, Peter Waldo and her sister, Nancy W. McGrath of Marblehead. Robbie married the former, Arthur Newell Yeates at Swampscott in 1950. She graduated from the Katherine Gibbs School to work for The Boston Insurance Company. Later she worked for the Andover Public Schools and the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem. She managed a retail gift business in Rockport. During World War II, Robbie served her country in the Women’s Army Corps (WACs) and she is recognized on the Honor Roll of World War II veterans on a public memorial at Howland Park in Swampscott.
Robbie was an early ski pioneer, riding the Friday night ski trains from Boston to North Conway, N.H., in the late 1930s and early 1940s. She skied for more than sixty years, ultimately imparting her love of skiing, skating, and the New England outdoor life to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved her visits to Jackson, N.H., as well as Crane Beach.
Robbie leaves behind three children, Ellen Y. Soares of Swampscott, Michael W. Yeates of Cambridge, and Sally Y. Cartwright and her husband Stuart of Wayland. Her grandchildren include Isabel Soares Gallo and husband, Jeffrey of Georgetown, Christina Soares Heffner and husband, Timothy Heffner of Baltimore, and Grace and Andrew Cartwright of Wayland. Robbie was the proud great-grandmother of Justice and Catalina Gallo, and Gabriela Heffner.
Robbie’s family plans to celebrate her fully active and strongly independent life with a private outdoor memorial service in the spring atop Fern Hill at Forest Hills Cemetery in Boston.
ARRANGEMENTS: Those who wish may make memorial contributions to The Trustees of Reservations, 572 Essex Street Beverly, MA 01915. Arrangements are under the direction of the Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal St., Salem. For online guest book or additional information, please call 978-744-0497 or visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com.