LA HABRA – Wyllys Steepleton Yost was not one to let anything get in her way. She had a fierce independent streak that manifested itself throughout her long life. Yost, a longtime La Habra resident, devoted herself to teaching and raising her two children, Donald and Susanne, after she graduated cum laude from UCLA in 1929. She taught English at Excelsior High School in Norwalk, where she met her future husband, Hugh Yost. She then moved on to teach at Lowell High School in the Fullerton Union High School District. She later served as a Lowell Joint School District board member. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“In the ’30s, before she met my father, she toured the Orient as a single woman, long before single women would do things like that,” Donald Yost of Redding said. Despite failing eyesight and hearing, Yost lived alone in her home until she passed away Friday at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton of congestive heart failure, her son said. She was 98. “She drove until she was 90, and she would pick up women younger than she, put their walkers in the trunk and drive them to church,” Donald Yost said. Yost had a passion for traveling. “She walked on the Great Wall of China, and traveled with my father to Europe and Australia,” Donald Yost said. “She enjoyed people and going to different places and seeing the sights.” Donald Yost said his mother was a Francophile and had friends from all over the world. At one point, she struck up a friendship with a Japanese sailor. “He didn’t speak any English and she didn’t speak any Japanese,” he said, so they corresponded in French. During the World War II, Yost’s Japanese-American students were sent to internment camps. Yost continued to correspond with them. “I think that lasted for about four years,” Donald Yost said. Yost was also active in her church – La Habra United Methodist Church – and her local faith community, and she volunteered at La Habra’s Community Resources Care Center. She and her husband, along with two other Methodist Church couples, sponsored the Changs, a Chinese family of five who immigrated to the United States. One of the children, Gareth Chang, was later recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the greatest business analytical minds of the century. Yost is survived by her two children; her daughters-in-law, Lee Macey and Clair Harmony; several grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!