The Rev. Deacon Dorothy “Doe” Gene Yates
(September 25, 1938 –– September 1, 2021)
The Rev. Deacon Dorothy “Doe” Gene Yates died peacefully in the Lord early in the morning of September 1, 2021, at Coming Home Hospice, San Francisco. The Ministration at the Time of Death (“Last Rites”) had been celebrated at her bedside by Dean Malcolm Clemens Young the previous afternoon. Deacon Doe had been cared for by Bishop Marc Handley Andrus, faithful cathedral staff and dedicated congregation members in the last weeks and months of her life.
A native of Washington state where she was baptized as a young adult, Doe moved to San Francisco at age 21, was confirmed at Grace Cathedral by Bishop James Pike, and completed university studies here. In 1986 she completed her theological studies at the School for Deacons of the Diocese of California and was ordained to the diaconate. Deacon Doe’s service to many church communities and ministries is acknowledged with gratitude, especially her presence among us at Grace Cathedral, where in worship she proclaimed the gospel with deep conviction and lived out its commands serving in our many outreach programs.
Information about arrangements for her funeral will be forthcoming.
“I saw in heaven a great multitude standing before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb!’ These are they who have come out of the great tribulation. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve God day and night within God’s temple; and the one who sits upon the throne will shelter them with his presence.” (Revelation, chapter 7)