Mom was called home today. She was number 5 of 15 children, proudly born in Maryland in a family of mostly native Washingtonians. Growing up in SE DC in the 1930s was an adventure for those Yates kids.\nIn 1950 she gained a husband and a new religion, she kept the religion. Her Catholic faith and a most amazing sense of humor helped her raise 7 children, who laughingly inherited that sense of humor. She never lost her sense of wonder be it mechanical toys that sang or slot machines that paid out money. She was a big fan of slots like most of her siblings, playing in casinos from Maryland to Massachusetts.\nLoved the Redskins but she was occasionally known to go over to that "purple" team, "I was born in Maryland", was the excuse she gave. She was quite proud of her arrest for disruption of Congress during a Medicare rally downtown, giving us each a copy of the police report. She couldn't dance, much to the ex-husband's dismay, but she sure could sing, which she did every Sunday in the St. Bernadine's choir.\nMom taught us to be kind, to love each other and to get along with each other. We are so blessed that she was on earth for 94 years.