Mariana McKnight Yates, 89, Minnesota

Mariana McKnight Yates, 89, of Minnesota, and formerly of Vandalia and Ramsey, died on Nov. 5, 2007, in Farmington, N.M.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Aug. 15, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Laporte, Minn. Memorials: Trinity Lutheran Church.

Mrs. Yates was born on Sept. 3, 1918, in Ramsey, the daughter of Madison and Hazel McKnight. She married Louie Yates on Aug. 3, 1941; he preceded her in death.

She and her husband retired to their lake home in Kabekona Lake in Northern Minnesota in 1981. There, she was active in Lions Club, Trinity Lutheran Church and the community.

She is survived by a son, Joe Yates and his wife Sherry of Flora Vista, N.M.; grandsons, Brent Yates and his wife Debby of Bemidji, Minn., and Jason Turner and his wife Sandy of Farmington, N.M.; granddaughter, Brooke and her husband Bob Bakken of St. Louis Park, Minn.; sister-in-law, Rosalie Wirz of Brownstown; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, John C. Yates I; and grandson, John C. Yates II.

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