Carin Marie Yates was born October 1, 1948 in Alhambra, California. She lived in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles until she was 6 years old when her father, Frederick Yates, was killed in an industrial accident. Her mother, Helen Yates, moved the family to Hermosa Beach. When Carin was 12 years old her mother remarried and the family moved to Redondo Beach. She attended Redondo Union High School and after another move graduated from Kailua High School in Hawaii. She loved the beach and the outdoors in general. Carin always enjoyed helping people and became a Licensed Vocational Nurse while in Hawaii. She returned to Redondo Beach and continued her education earning a Bachelor of Science Degree. She worked at Torrance Memorial Hospital for several years. Being a BS RN opened new doors for a more rewarding career. She worked as a staff nurse, manager, field nurse, and in RN Nursing Services. Her last position was at HealthCare Services. Carin enjoyed many hobbies that involved her creative abilities. She made imaginative decorative items and Christmas ornaments. She made her own greeting cards and inscribed them using calligraphy. She often relaxed by playing guitar, singing, and listening to music. Carin wrote insightful poetry. She was very fond of cats. In addition to her own, she regularly fed abandoned cats at various locations. She also cared for rescue cats. When Carin's mother became seriously ill, Carin oversaw her care until she passed away in 1991. Carin lived in Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach for over 48 years until her death on February 21, 2010 from Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS) at Little Company of Mary Hospital's Convalescent Care Unit. She is survived by her older brother Dennis Yates and his wife Claudia of Napa, CA and her younger sister Laurie Kilts of Spokane, WA. She also leaves behind nieces Carol Yates, Jill Armstrong, and Kate Kilts and a nephew David Kilts. Contributions in Carin's name may be made to the ALS Association Greater Los Angeles Chapter ALS Association

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  1. My beloved cousin Carin was a wonderful, generous, caring person. She was smart, with a quick wit, beautiful on the inside and out. She is gone too soon, but I picture her with her mom (Aunt Helen),dad (Uncle Fred)and all of her beloved pets that have passed on. She was comforted in her last year with Bocelli/Celion Dion’s “The Prayer” and sent me the link to listen to it. I treasure each and every communication we have had over the years and they help me through the tears now.

  2. I am so sorry to hear Carin died at such a young age. I enjoyed seeing her picture, as we have not seen each other since she lived in Highland Park. Over the years I would hear about Carin and the Yates. I am wondering how long she was ill. My husband also had a relative who had ALS and it was heartbreaking. Thank you for passing this information a long. Much Love, Lyn or Lynore Booth Weaver Lewis

  3. I had lost touch with a lot of my cousins simply because our family is so big, but Carin and I reconnected when I did the family tree several years ago. She was a real gem, always giving of herself, and always worked holidays so those with families could be home. We shared our passion for all animals, but especially cats. She surprised me with a robe when I had a surgery and I will always have those hugs from her. Little did I know how special that robe would become. I miss you so much Carin.

  4. I have not seen her since she was small, but she is still my beautiful cousin. I will see her again one day in that city made without hands. There, all sickness and sorrow will be gone.

  5. I only knew Carin about 2 years and although we had different personalities, she ALWYAS was very helpful to me and NEVER refused any request for help that I asked her. We do know she loved her cats :). She is and will be missed. With deepest sympathy and prayers, Stephanie Phillips LVN

  6. Carin and I became friends while working together as Telehealth nurses. Carin not only loved cats, but all things in life. She was a wonderful nurse, and a great resource to go to. We were keeping in touch while she was out on medical leave, but now I know why I have been unable to contact her. My deepest sympathy goes out to her family and friends. She will be greatly missed. Jo Stevens, RN

  7. Carin and I met when we worked at Torrance Memoiral in 1974 and have been dear friends all these years. I moved from California to Minnesota, but we still remained the closest for friends. I will always remember her faith, her support, her great sense of humor, and she was a great nurse. I know how much she missed her brother and his family, and here sister and her family since they did not live in California!!!! I remember her sharing how she was at her niece Jill’s birth,the humorous and fun stories about looking after her brother Dennis’s dog and bird. I remember once going out to eat, and she put in a silly name for us to be called when our table was ready, just for a laugh. I know how much she loved her family, and she shared that love with her friends. She was my dear friend and like a sister to me. She was there when I got married, had my son, and cried with me when life was not so easy. Oh, my dear friend I will miss you for the rest of my life. You are gone too soon, and I know you did not want to go so soon. You are at peace with your loved ones in heaven. Thank you for always sharing your love, support, and faith. My life would not have been the same if I had not known you. My dear sister in the Lord, My prayers and sympathy to all of you. May God Bless you in this sad time.

  8. My most sincere condolences on your loss. I worked with Carin at the patient support center of Healthcare Partners and liked her very much. I was very sad about her passing and just wanted to let you know that I will always remember her. I miss her loud laughs. God bless you all. Carmen Sedano,LVN

  9. It’s very painful to know somebody like Carin is no longer with us.But i know in my heart that she is in a better place.Carin will always be in my heart .Thank you Carin for all the laughs we shared at work.

  10. My time to know Carin was very brief. I started at Health Care Partners Medical Group, Carin’s last employer, in May ’09. We exchanged words and she seemed very interesting and hardworking as well. I am grateful for the obituary, for I feel I know Carin that much better and wish that God had granted me with more moments with Carin when she was alive. May she have a blissful afterlife!

  11. The world will mourn the loss of a beautiful person like Carin. I met her when we worked at HealthCare Partners together and have loved her spirit and quirky personality since the moment I met her. She gave me a bracelet 3 1/2 yrs ago and I have never taken it off. We used the feed the homeless kitties at work together. My heart hurts to hear of her passing,may God comfort your family during this time of great loss. She was a great lady and I will miss her.

  12. My sincere condolence to the Yates family. I worked with Carin in the patient support center at Healthcare Partners for over 7 yrs; but at the Medical Group for more than 20years. I will miss her laughter and how she used to talk about her cats and the care she took to ensure they were safe. Carin loved her family and friends as though they were a part of her family. Carin you are among the angels; now you can rest.

  13. Carin was my best friend and I loved her like a sister. My heart is broken at her passing. I will never forget her for the rest of my life. I love you, and will miss you forever. Anna (Bobo)

  14. I am so sorry for your loss. Carin was my second cousin, her mother Helen was my Grandfather’s sister. I wish the family had stayed closer. I wasn’t even aware that she lived close by, I would have liked to have seen her (I’ve been in California for about a year). I remember meeting her at a family function years ago (when I was a kid). Boy, did she stick in my mind, I never forgot her. We immediately hit it off. She was so pretty and so nice, she really made an impression on me. I will always remember her fondly. Lisa

  15. Like my brother, Steve, I haven’t seen Carin since we were little kids living in Highland Park. At the time of my Dad (her uncle Don’s) memorial (2006), I was able to locate her and reconnect. I wanted to let her know about Dad’s passing and invite her to the memorial. Had it not been for the short notice and having to work, she would have come. Through emails, we were able to get to know each other again, shared many stories of our past and present along with remembering times of our childhood. Mom and I wanted to set a time with Carin to go to lunch or dinner and just spend some time together, but it never happened. I’m grateful for the 4 years we had through emails and I’ll just have to wait to be reunited with her in heaven to have that meal together. I love the photos of her on this website. She is as beautiful on the outside as she is on the inside.

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