Agnes Darlene Yocum | Aug. 10, 1941 - Oct. 19, 2013

Woman was heart of family

2013-12-02T23:30:00Z Woman was heart of familyCarrie Rodovich Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
December 02, 2013 11:30 pm  • 

Agnes Yocum was an kind and generous woman who had more energy than people less than half her age, said her granddaughter, Melissa Kinder.

“She could run circles around all of us,” she said. “She was always on the go.”

Agnes Darlene “Mema Tootie” Yocum, 72, of Valparaiso, died Oct. 19. She was a member of the American Legion Post No. 502 Women’s Auxilairy, where she had been the historian. She was actively involved with the poppy project.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Yocum.

Yocum enjoyed being a homemaker, and helped raise some of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Kinder said. She loved chasing around Kinder’s 1-year-old son, Brayden, and had taken care of him for most of his life.

She was very artistic, loved stamping and scrapbooking. She could sew, craft and make almost anything, Kinder said.

“She had just made Brayden a Chicago Bears pillow, blanket and nap mat for his first birthday,” she said.

She was a natural caregiver, and was willing to give up her last dollar if it would make someone happy.

“If she was starving, she wouldn’t even have to know you and she would give you her last dollar,” Kinder said. “She was completely selfless and had a heart of gold. You don’t find people like her anymore.”

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