Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Vera M. Yearout, 89, caring nurse

Taught by example, in class

By Rebecca Goodman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

DELHI TWP. - Vera M. Yearout was the epitome of what a nurse should be.

She displayed her expertise and dedication in all areas of nursing - in hospitals, in public health matters, in private care and in teaching.

During the 1950s, she was director of the Lower River Nursing Association, which served indigent and immobile people in Cleves, North Bend, Addyston and Miami Heights.

"She took that very seriously and provided tremendous care and love to people who normally didn't receive it," said her son, Robert A. Yearout of Wyoming. "Nursing was her passion, and she just was precise in the kind of care that she gave - and was compassionate."

Mrs. Yearout died Friday of congestive heart failure at Deaconess Hospital. The Delhi Township resident was 89.

She was born and grew up in Fort Thomas, graduating from Highlands High School and Christ Hospital School of Nursing.

She began her nursing career at Christ and worked there, off and on, as needed while her children were growing up.

After several years at Lower River Nursing, she took a teaching and staff position at Dearborn County Hospital. Mrs. Yearout retired in the late 1960s.

She spent the rest of her life enjoying her role as grandmother and great-grandmother, working at her church and spending time with her husband, Gilmore H. Yearout, until his death in 1991.

Her son said her legacy is one of "giving the good old-fashioned nursing care that some of us miss these days."

Mrs. Yearout was a member of the Westwood United Methodist Church.

In addition to her son, Robert, survivors include: a daughter, Kathryn Y. Rembold of Delhi; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services have been held. Interment was at Bridgetown Cemetery.

Memorials: Christ Hospital School of Nursing, 2139 Auburn Ave., Cincinnati 45219.


E-mail rgoodman@enquirer.com

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