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Mary L. Yetter

Published: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 9:08 a.m. CDT

SUN CITY, Ariz. – Mary L. Yetter, 88, of Sun City, Ariz., died unexpectedly Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, in Sun City, Ariz.

Born April 15, 1925 in Lancaster, Mo., Mary was the daughter of Fred and Opal George. She had an older brother, Dr. Harold E. George and a younger sister, Betty L. Moore. She graduated at the age of 16 from Lancaster High School and attended Northeastern Missouri University at Kirksville.

Mary met Ray Yetter in Lancaster and they married on March 4, 1945. They had two daughters, Patricia Heimann and Janice Skinner.

Ray got a job at EI DuPont in Seneca and they resided there for 36 years before retiring to Arizona in 1984.

Mary was a homemaker and worked in two Seneca grocery stores and also a restaurant, as well as working as a school bus driver for special needs children. She was first a proud mother, a seamstress to keep the girls in clothes, an upholsterer to redecorate the house, a quilter, machine embroiderer, did any kind of handwork after retiring to Arizona, a long-time Girl Scout leader, an avid fan of the White Sox, Bears and DePaul basketball team and a golfer. After moving to Arizona, she proudly hit two hole-in-ones.

For many years, she volunteered and participated in activities at the Peoria Senior Center and participated in blood drives and blood pressure monitoring for Boswell Hospital.

Mary and Ray always were very active in the communities in which they lived. 

She and Ray were members of the Seneca United Methodist Church until they came to Arizona where they joined the Community Church of Joy in Glendale. 

Surivors include daughters, Jan and Pat; five grandsons and their wives, Justin Shayne, Joshua, Jared, Jeremiah and Josiah Skinner, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; her parents; brother; sister; and both sons-in-law. 

Mary developed dementia. In the past year, she lived in Sun City at the Advanced Assisted Living Residential Home of Mihaela and Nick Kovacs along with their teenage children. She felt like she was part of their family and had premier care, allowing her to remain active, independent and safe. Pat, Jan and the family are very appreciative of the love and care Mary received.

Cremation has been accorded to Mary’s wishes.

The memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at Menke Funeral Home, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City.

In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that memorials in Mary’s name be directed to donor’s choice.

Private interment of Ray and Mary’s remains will occur at a later date.

Visit www.menkefuneralhome.com to share memories and leave condolences for the family.

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