In memory of
Shirley Yarnes
In memory of
Shirley Yarnes
Shirley Yarnes passed away unexpectedly on March 20, 2020.Shirley was born on June 30, 1940, in Bisbee, Arizona. She grew up in Richmond, California, with her parents, brother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Shirley attended college at the University of the Pacific and was Associated Women's Student Body President her senior year. She met her future husband, Andrew Yarnes, while in college, and they both graduated in 1962. Shirley graduated with a degree in Sociology and Early Childhood Education. Shirley married the love of her life, Andrew L. Yarnes, in 1962 in the beautiful UOP Chapel, with family and friends in attendance. Shirley began her 37-year teaching career in Danville, California. After a move to Ogden, Utah, where their daughter Leslie was born, the family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where Shirley taught at The Galloway School. While in Atlanta, Shirley obtained a Master's degree and an Education Specialist degree in Early Childhood Education. The family also welcomed the birth of Zachary while in Atlanta. In 1976, the family moved to Mendocino, California. Shirley taught at the Mendocino Grammar School until her retirement. She also taught Early Childhood Education classes at the College of the Redwoods. Shirley was dedicated to her students, and she loved teaching. She put her heart and soul into musical performances and plays with elaborate sets and costumes for her students. Over her career, Shirley taught more than 950 kindergarten and first-grade students. All her students benefited from her innovative teaching methods and expertise. Her students will remember learning to read by learning sounds with "Smiling Sam," one of the many fun toy props that Shirley collected to engage her students. Even after her students had grown up, Shirley remembered their name when she saw them in town. After retirement, Shirley was able to spend more time doing other things that she loved, including gardening, reading, knitting, decorating for holidays and events, and of course spending time with her grandchildren. She was so proud of her grandchildren and shared their achievements with all her friends. Shirley and Andrew spent time in both Mendocino, California, and McCloud, California, and had active social lives in both towns. Shirley is survived by her husband of 58 years, Andrew Yarnes; her daughter, Leslie Yarnes Sugai (Thomas), and grandchildren Austin and Lauryn; her son, Zachary Yarnes (Linda), and grandsons Hayden and Evan; her sister-in-law, Carolyn Woolston; and her brother, Frederick Pylant (Joanne), and niece and nephew, Julie and Christopher. Shirley will be profoundly missed by her family and friends. The family plans to celebrate Shirley's life with friends at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a local family in need.
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In memory of
Shirley Yarnes
Shirley Yarnes passed away unexpectedly on March 20, 2020.Shirley was born on June 30, 1940, in Bisbee, Arizona. She grew up in Richmond, California, with her parents, brother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Shirley attended college at the University of the Pacific and was Associated Women's Student Body President her senior year. She met her future husband, Andrew Yarnes, while in college, and they both graduated in 1962. Shirley graduated with a degree in Sociology and Early Childhood Education. Shirley married the love of her life, Andrew L. Yarnes, in 1962 in the beautiful UOP Chapel, with family and friends in attendance. Shirley began her 37-year teaching career in Danville, California. After a move to Ogden, Utah, where their daughter Leslie was born, the family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where Shirley taught at The Galloway School. While in Atlanta, Shirley obtained a Master's degree and an Education Specialist degree in Early Childhood Education. The family also welcomed the birth of Zachary while in Atlanta. In 1976, the family moved to Mendocino, California. Shirley taught at the Mendocino Grammar School until her retirement. She also taught Early Childhood Education classes at the College of the Redwoods. Shirley was dedicated to her students, and she loved teaching. She put her heart and soul into musical performances and plays with elaborate sets and costumes for her students. Over her career, Shirley taught more than 950 kindergarten and first-grade students. All her students benefited from her innovative teaching methods and expertise. Her students will remember learning to read by learning sounds with "Smiling Sam," one of the many fun toy props that Shirley collected to engage her students. Even after her students had grown up, Shirley remembered their name when she saw them in town. After retirement, Shirley was able to spend more time doing other things that she loved, including gardening, reading, knitting, decorating for holidays and events, and of course spending time with her grandchildren. She was so proud of her grandchildren and shared their achievements with all her friends. Shirley and Andrew spent time in both Mendocino, California, and McCloud, California, and had active social lives in both towns. Shirley is survived by her husband of 58 years, Andrew Yarnes; her daughter, Leslie Yarnes Sugai (Thomas), and grandchildren Austin and Lauryn; her son, Zachary Yarnes (Linda), and grandsons Hayden and Evan; her sister-in-law, Carolyn Woolston; and her brother, Frederick Pylant (Joanne), and niece and nephew, Julie and Christopher. Shirley will be profoundly missed by her family and friends. The family plans to celebrate Shirley's life with friends at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a local family in need.
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