WATERLOO/TEMPE, Ariz. - Edith Mary Yarter, 86, of Tempe, Ariz., passed away on October 21, 2016.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on November 12, 2016, at University Presbyterian Church, 139 E. Alameda, Tempe, AZ 85282.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish, may make memorial donations to either University Presbyterian Church or to the Lyric Opera Theater Guild at Arizona State University.
She was born December 15, 1929, in Seneca, N.Y., to Hillman Schooler Fisk and Florence Irene (Fisk) Covert Ganoung. A 1946 graduate of Waterloo High School in Waterloo, N.Y., she earned her music degree at Ithaca College, in 1950. She married Donald E. Yarter, in 1950 and had a daughter and three sons. She taught piano in her home studio for well over 60 years and was a founding member of the Desert Valley Music Teachers Association and an active part of the Arizona State University Lyric Opera Theater Guild. She was an active member of University Presbyterian Church, where she served as an elder and was the communion preparation chairperson, for more than 40 years. She was an active volunteer for Tempe Meals on Wheels and maintained her participation in all these things, including her piano studio, right up until the last day of her life.
She is survived by three children Gayle S. (John) Stever, Jeffery A. (Mary) Yarter and Victor A. Yarter; eight grandchildren Erik and Alisha Yarter, Paul and Scott Stever, Cathie Mancini, Paul Fitzsimons, Dane and Max Yarter; four great-grandchildren Keeton Yarter, Demi Gagnon, Peyton Weaver and Emily Stever.
She was predeceased by her husband, Donald and her oldest son, Donald A. Yarter.
Published in Finger Lakes Times from Nov. 9 to Nov. 11, 2016.