YAGER, Eileen Keliher

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YAGER, Eileen Keliher Jeffers (c. 1904-1965)



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May 10, 1965 [LAT]: “Memorial Mass Set for Mrs. Yager. A solemn requiem memorial mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday for Mrs. Eileen Keliher Jeffers Yager, 61, who is presumed to have drowned off Santa Catalina Island last Thursday. The mass will be at St. Philips Church in Pasadena. Mrs. Yager was returning from a honeymoon cruise with Superior Judge Thomas C. Yager, whom she married Monday, when she disappeared. She was the adopted daughter of the late William Jeffers, president of the Union Pacific Railroad. Besides her husband, Mrs Yeager leaves a brother, the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Marcel Keliher of Omaha, Neb. Cunningham & O'Connor Mortuary is in charge. ”


May 12, 1965 [Fresno Bee]: “Judge will give vanished wife's estate to charity. Los Angeles—AP—Superior Judge THomas C. Yager, whose wife vanished at sea during their honeymoon cruise, says he is turning over her entire estate to charity. "I will not accept a penny—not a penny—of my wife's money," he told an interviewer. The judge did not disclose the value of the estate of Eileen K. Yager, but other reports have said she inherited $500,000 from her step-father, the late William M. Jeffers, a former president of the Union Pacific Railroad. Judge Yager, 47, and Mrs. Yager, 61, were married May 3rd. Three days later he told authorities she apparently fell overboard from their chartered honeymoon yacht and drowned in the Catalina Channel No body has been found. The coast guard scheduled a hearing into the matter for tomorrow with Judge Yager slated to be the chief witness. Judge Yager said in an interview that he and his wife decided before their marriage to devote their lives to charity, and changed the name of a foundation he established in 1959 to the Judge C. Yager and Eileen K. Yager Foundation. "We also began agreements which put into effect joint tenancy ownership and joint foundation ownership of our properties... Our wills made each other beneficiary of the other, but finally, according to the statement of intent, and according to what we believed in, everything ultimately will go to the foundation and charity. ”