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Heiderose Marilyn Yates Pope, 59, of Woodbridge was called home to be with our Lord and Savior on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. She ascended peacefully surrounded by her loving family and friends.
She is survived by her mother and father, Ernestine and Ted Smith of Spotsylvania County; her sisters, Georgiann Thompson and husband Fred, Katherine Quann and husband David and Holly Hydorn and husband Kevin; her brothers, Randolph Yates and wife Linda, Phillip Smith and wife Cindy and Ronald Smith and wife Julie; and 12 loving nieces and nephews. Heiderose especially enjoyed spending time with her nephew, Fred Thompson III, with whom she had a special bond.
She was preceded in death by her father, Harvey Franklin Yates, in 1966.
Heiderose and her family are grateful to Dr. Poornima Pandellapalli, Donna McAllister and the nurses at Kaiser for their outstanding care and friendship spanning two years.
Ms. Pope enjoyed traveling with her good friends. As an employee of TWA and American Airlines, she traveled extensively to many exotic places such as Africa, Katmandu, Jerusalem and Australia. She enjoyed reading and sharing her love of books with others less fortunate. Heiderose will especially be remembered for her laughter and her thoughtfulness toward others.
A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Robert A. Koehler officiating.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial site has been created through the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, Calif. 90266, or online at pancan.org. Heiderose's wishes are that through her memory a cure could be found for this disease so others can be spared.
Online guest book and condolences may be expressed at covenantfuneralservice.com.