RIP: Patricia Yeomans Beloved Tennis Legend 1917-2013

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Patricia Henry Yeomans passed away on March 13 at her home in Hancock Park at the age of 95. Yeomans was a beloved, life-long member of the Los Angeles Tennis Club (LATC) and an advocate for all things related to tennis until the end.

“I don’t know if we have had a member here longer than Pat,” Jerome Peri, Tennis Pro at LATC told the Larchmont Buzz. “She was always competing – even in the National Women’s Intersectional 80s and 90s leagues, but she played in her 30s, 40s and 50s too. She was always competing, traveling around the country playing hard court, clay court and grass. If I’m not mistaken, she played in high school and may have been the only woman on the men’s team until they kicked her off.”

“Pat was very instrumental in Southern California with Junior Tennis – she gave free clinics at the club to many, many young players over the years,” Peri shared with the Buzz. Many at LATC will  no doubt miss her presence at the club and on the courts.

As excerpted from the LA Times Obituary:

Pat_Yeomans_Photo_International_Tennis_Hall_Of_Fame___Museum,_Newport,_Rhode_IslandBorn on May 31, 1917 in Los Angeles. Her father Bill Henry was a Los Angeles Times reporter, editor and columnist for over 60 years and a Medal of Freedom winner. Her mother Corinne Stanton Henry was a Southern California tennis champion. Pat competed in tennis her entire life and won several national age-group titles, from US Junior Girls champion in 1935 to US 90-and-over in 2009. She won the National College Girls title twice at Occidental College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. A Masters Degree in Industrial Design reflected her life-long passion for art. In 1938 she married attorney Edgar Yeomans. She is survived by four loving children, Linda Yeomans Craig (Evan Hughes) of Menlo Park, Ann Yeomans of Santa Fe, and twins Bill Yeomans (Suzie) of Pasadena and John Yeomans (Mary-Ellen) of Toronto; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in April.

Published in the Los Angeles Times on March 17, 2013

 

Pat Yeomans about to put a wicked spin on the return; photo via Oxy 125
Pat Yeomans about to put a wicked spin on the return; photo via Oxy 125

10sBalls.comPatricia Henry Yeomans Was One of a Kind

 

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2 thoughts on “RIP: Patricia Yeomans Beloved Tennis Legend 1917-2013

  1. For a person to leave a legacy of consistent kindness, support for and participation in a healthy activity, like tennis, and to be completely devoted to her family, Pat Yeomans was truly a remarkable woman.

    May many people follow her example.

    Posted with love from your grand-niece,

    Jean Church Myers
    Charlotte, North Carolina

  2. I was sorry to read that Mrs Yeomans had passed away. What a wonderful life she seems to have had. I have one of her landscape paintings and enjoy the fruit of her talent every day.

    My condolences.
    Georgia Johnson
    Nevada

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