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There are no words to accurately express the loss of Courtney Yates; the loss of a sister, a daughter, a mother, a fiancé, a friend, a classmate, a neighbor, and a coworker. But it is a truly beautiful thing to be a part of a family and community that expands the confines of a geographic location. 

Our family has felt such an incredible outpour of love, support, and prayers from the towns of Delta and Fort Greely, as well as from the people across Alaska and the world that were somehow a part of Courtney’s life. That is such a testament to what an amazing individual she was. 

Please remember what a kind, brave, honest and fun person she was, and be that person for your own family and friends. Don’t judge, but love freely, and try to bring a smile to someone’s face every day. That is what Courtney would want and how she would want to be remembered. 

Thank you all so much from the Yates family, the love and prayers are felt every day and much needed!

Katy Borchers