Over the course of her 35-year career, she bounced around from WFIE Channel 14 and WTVW Channel 7 before finally retiring in 1988. She quit one station because she didn't like a new theme song they picked. Another time she gave notice when her bosses cancelled her annual July 4 televised swim after the forecast.
Channel 14 newscaster Mike Blake recalled the veteran weather-woman's habit of going beyond her allotted time. Blake, becoming impatient from the sidelines asked for Yockey to hurry it up. Yockey, in full view and hearing of the television audience, responded with "Keep it up, Sports, and you'll never get on.
A resident of Newburgh, she reached star status for her forecasting skill, irreverent attitude, and colorful personality. She died in 2000 at the age of 77 after suffering for several years from Alzheimer's Disease.
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