Mary Ann (Palmer) Yates

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Mary Ann Yates

Mary Ann (Palmer) Yates died unexpectedly on August 21, 2017 in Kirkland, Washington of natural causes.

She was born May 31, 1946 in Portland, OR to Elisa and Robert Palmer.  Mary Ann attended Parkrose schools from elementary through early high school, graduating from Jefferson High School.  She recently enjoyed the 50th Parkrose, class of ’64, high school reunion.

She leaves her daughter Tina (Marc) Otwell of Hot Springs Arkansas, brothers Ed Wallen of Austin, Texas and Steve Palmer of Victoria, British Columbia, 5 grandchildren (Amanda, Rachel, Andrew, Darian and Taylor) and 3 great grandchildren (James, Victoria, and Barrett).

Her husband John Yates, beloved daughter Lisa, and sister Melissa predeceased Mary Ann.

She was employed by Rainier Collection Services.  She was active in professional organizations and served on the board of her home owners’ association.

Mary Ann lived large, was fun and outgoing; her genuine smile and infectious laugh announced her presence where ever she went.  She had a big heart, big personality and generous spirit.  She always saw the best in everyone, never met a stranger, and was a sucker for stray dogs, stray cats and stray souls.  She spoiled her pets and her people.

Mary Ann’s faith was abiding, and her love of family and friends was unequivocal.  After recently losing a friend herself, she called and left messages for many of her friends, just to remind them that she loved them.   We love you, too, Mary Ann.

A private interment will take place later.

2 Responses to “Mary Ann (Palmer) Yates”

  • Wynn Chappell says:

    I remember a beautiful heart.

  • Julie ( Sartain) Williams says:

    I was so very saddened to hear of MaryAnn’s passing. I remember her fondly and so many memories we shared growing up together in the Parkrose area. We both went from grade school through high school together and I was so happy to have gotten to see her again and “catch up” on each other’s lives at our 50th high school reunion in 2014! It’s so true that MaryAnn had a fun personality, an infectious laugh and a big big heart! When my husband and I were planning our wedding in 1972 she quickly said “Oh, you can have your reception at our house!” We did end up having our reception at her home and she was such a gracious hostess and helped us so much!
    Her two little girls, Lisa and Tina were flower girls in our wedding! Tina probably doesn’t remember because she was so little but everyone talked about how cute those two little girls were!
    My life was enriched by such a sweet friend and I will always cherish the great memories, even though we sometimes got into a little mischief along the way! I love that MaryAnn was a part of my history!
    My prayers and condolences go out to her family and loved ones.
    May the God of all comfort and peace be with each one and remember always the love and joy of MaryAnn!

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