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Elizabeth Florence Yarno

On July 8, Elizabeth Yarno went Home to tend the gardens in heaven; the geraniums and hydrangeas will be getting extra attention. Elizabeth (Beth) was born in Leadville, Colorado on August 1, 1915; she was the beloved daughter of David and Stella Cooperman. Beth spent most of her life in Seattle, where she graduated from Lincoln High School and attended the University of Washington and Metropolitan Business College. Seattle is also where she met and married Philip Yarno; they celebrated 65 years of marriage before his death in 2004.

Beth was a pioneer for women in the workplace. She was the first woman to be elected assistant vice-president of Seattle Trust and Savings Bank and to be named manager of the downtown Seattle branch. Her leadership abilities, organization skills and sincere care for others earned her the respect of both her customers and colleagues. In 1974 her biographical record of professional achievement was included in Who's Who Of American Women.

Beth enjoyed her yard and flowers and created many award-winning flower arrangements. Her eye for design was also reflected in her charming home and her fashion style. She was a very classy lady. Her charm included a contagious laugh, warm smile, gentle nature and kindness to all.

Raised as an only child, Beth was thrilled to have two daughters, Patricia Richard (John) and Nanci Leonard (John). She absolutely adored "her girls" and always let them know how much they were loved. Family was Beth's top priority. She was a devoted wife, dedicated mother, loving grandmother (Elizabeth Weyer, David Richard, Eleanor Ziegler, Patricia Chin) and source of joy to her seven great-grandchildren. Her final words were, "I just wanted to be a good mother." Well, Mom, we couldn't have asked for better - you were the best! We will miss your potato salad, the rain hats and visors you always wore, your unconditional love and your presence in our lives. You taught us to share, so we share you with the gardens in heaven.

The family extends a very heartfelt thank you to Jean Stoneback for the warmth of care she gave to Beth during the last five years. At Beth's request, there will be no service. Remembrances can be made to The Seahurst Environmental Science Center, 126 S.W. 148th St., Suite C 100-170, Burien, WA 98166.
Published in The Seattle Times on July 21, 2013
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