BILLERICA, Mass. – Katie Marie Yeazel, 88, of Billerica, died peacefully Sunday, June 1, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her children and grandchildren.
She was born March 4, 1926, in West Louisville, Kentucky, the daughter of Lillian (MacAtee) and Bill Hayden.
Katie and her family moved to Chicago when she was 4 years old. It was there, at the age of 25, that she met and married the love of her life, Gordon Yeazel. For 49 years, until Gordon’s death in 1999, they were true soulmates. Their passion for each other was evident to all who knew them.
In 1955, they moved to Dixon, where they raised three children and formed many wonderful lifelong friendships. Katie and Gordon were avid golfers and enjoyed years of memorable times with their friends at Dixon Country Club. Katie had a keen intellect. She was an ace bridge player, often read two books a week, and loved to travel the world.
In the mid-1980s, Katie and Gordon retired to Port St. Lucie, Florida, where they continued to enjoy golf and good friends. In 2013, Katie moved to Massachusetts to be closer to her family.
Katie is survived by her three children, Gay (Michael) Kelly-Leh, Gordon (Maureen Cleary) Yeazel, and Dale (Michael) Hachey; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be private. Sweeney Memorial Funeral Home in Billerica is handling arrangements.
A memorial has been established to Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation, 800 W. Cummings Park, Suite 3100, Woburn, MA 01801.