Susan Yeoman

Former nurse leaves lasting legacy

Former nurse, Susan Louise Yeoman, passed away at the young age of 58 after battling breast cancer for 16 years.

Sue was an Ashland local, who graduated from Ashland High School, and then received her nursing degree at Southern Oregon University.

She began her 35-year nursing career in the labor and delivery department of Ashland Community Hospital, where she helped welcome many newborn babies into the world. It was also where she gave birth to her own two children.

She then moved onto Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis, where she spent the majority of her career and helped establish a center for new mothers learning to breastfeed.

In 2000, Sue returned to work as a nurse supervisor at Ashland Hospital until her retirement. It was during this time that she approached Foundation staff about how she could leave a legacy to support the hospital through her estate.

While Sue had dedicated her life to delivering babies, she valued many of the programs and services at Asante Ashland. After careful thought, she worked through her attorney to finalize her estate plans, and allocated her bequest to support the programs most meaningful to her.

In the end, Sue’s contribution benefitted the Evans Endowed Nursing Scholarship, Hospice, Planetree, and the Volunteer Program. She also gave a portion of her bequest to support the Family Birth Center. Her gift to the Family Birth Center was used to help renovate the unit in 2016, and her legacy is memorialized on the recognition plaque hanging outside the entrance.

As a member of our Jesse Winburn Society, created to give special recognition to those who have named the hospital in their estate plans, Sue requested to be anonymous during her lifetime. She wished to wait until her passing before making her ultimate contribution to the hospital known to her fellow coworkers.

Sue is one of the first Ashland employees to name the Hospital and Foundation in her estate plans. If you would like to learn more about how your own estate gift could make a lasting impact on your hospital and the community, please contact Janet Troy at (541) 201-4014.