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YAEGER, Mary Margaret (nee Turner), 94, died on April 7, 2014 in Mount Vernon, WA. She was born in Mount Vernon on November 14, 1919, to Cora Rebecca (nee Tingley) and Newton Glasgow Turner. Mary was a graduate of Mount Vernon High School, St. Joseph's Hospital Nursing School and the University of Washington.

Mary spent her early career as a public health nurse in Vancouver, WA. In 1945 she married the late Norman C. Yaeger, and for the next 25 years his Air Force career took them to duty posts in Alaska, Japan, Hawaii and throughout the mainland United States. Mary maintained her nursing credentials, and from 1963 to 1966 she was a member of the Hawaii Cardiovascular Study team at Queens Hospital in Honolulu, HI. When she returned to Washington State she established a well-baby clinic for the Skagit County Health Department. Her public health training was relevant even when she retired: after decades of living in Big Lake, WA without safe drinking water, Mary joined local activists to solve the problem. Today, Big Lake residents enjoy Skagit PUD water clean from the tap.

Mary was an enthusiastic lifelong learner who never let age define her. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Washington at 54 and enrolled in graduate school at San Francisco Theological Seminary at 66. As a spry 81-year-old she canvassed door-to-door for the 2000 National Census, and she played a formidable hand of bridge for more than 70 years.

Mary is survived by her three children: Christine (John) Coleman, Atlanta; John (Kathy) Yaeger, Mount Vernon; and Kate (Karl John) Rein-Weston, Seattle. Her grandchildren are Bridgitt Harmon, Seattle; Alexandra Fleming, Seattle; Leizel Grant, Mount Vernon; Julian Yaeger, Seattle; Paul Yaeger, Mount Vernon; Annie Rein-Weston, San Francisco; Claire Rein-Weston, San Francisco; Daphne Rein-Weston, Santa Clara. Her great-grandchildren are Mary Caroline Harmon, Jack Harmon, and James Fleming, all of Seattle, and Ellen May Grant of Mount Vernon.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers: Harold, Victor, Gaius and Ernest Turner.

The family gives heartfelt thanks to Mary's caregivers at The Bridge and to her physician, Dr. Mary Ramsbottom. A memorial service is pending. Donations in memory of Mary may be made to the Skagit Valley Humane Society or St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Mount Vernon, WA.
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