Nancy Estelle Yorke
Nancy Estelle Yorke

April 12, 1935 - May 27, 2007
Born in Williamsport, PA
Resided in Annapolis, MD


Nancy E. Yorke, 72, president of Yorke Property Management, died May 27 at home in Annapolis. She had ovarian cancer.

The former Nancy Estelle Day was born in Williamsport, Pa., in 1935 and moved to Greenbelt as an infant. Her parents, Edward and Mary Day, ran a series of Washington area restaurants for more than 40 years. She worked in the family business in every possible capacity, from waitress to manager. It closed in 1978 but Mrs. Yorke later worked for the former Whitehall Restaurant and Harve Bernard, both in Annapolis.

She lived in Hyattsville until 1978 when she and her husband, Thomas H. Yorke Jr. built a home in the Bay Head section of Annapolis.

Mrs. Yorke graduated from Bladensburg High School in June 1953. The following month she married Mr. Yorke, who lived down the block from her family's home in Kenilworth. The two met as youngsters when he was the neighborhood Evening Star newspaper delivery boy during the 1940s. He was transferred by the Army to Stuttgart, Germany, days after their wedding. She joined him there later that year and they lived in Bavaria, and traveled Europe during its post-World War II re-construction until August 1956 when they returned to the Washington area.

Mr. Yorke was a sports columnist for the old Washington Daily News and The Evening Star, and then later an editor at The Washington Times until retiring in 2000. He died in 2003.

Mrs. Yorke refused to let her husband sail on the Chesapeake Bay by himself so she became an avid boater by default. A Washington Redskins fan in the 1950s and 1960s, she lost interest in later years. She attended equestrian events including steeplechase races on the Maryland and Virginia point-to-point circuit.

In 1982, she co-founded Yorke Property Management Inc. and served as its president until her death. She oversaw the expansion of the company as it acquired properties throughout Prince George's County, in Annapolis and Pasadena and in Fenwick Island, Del. Working with her sons she was actively involved with the day-to-day property management.

She was an avid gardener, who worked in her three-acre garden until two weeks before her death, and an enthusiastic traveler who took extensive trips to Mexico, Russia, Spain and Sweden.

Her brother, Michael B. Day, died in 2006. In addition to her mother of Bethesda, she is survived by two sons, Jeffrey Yorke of Cheverly and Gregory Yorke of Arnold; a sister, Dorie A. Welch of Chevy Chase; and two granddaughters.



Hardesty Funeral Home-Annapolis
12 Ridgely Avenue
Annapolis, MD US 21401
Saturday, June 2, 2007
2:00 PM