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Mary Ellen Yager, 89
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Nashville resident and Warren County native Mary Ellen Yager passed away Dec. 24, 2021 at the age of 89.

Born May 18, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Edward N. and Frankie Hobson Yager. She was also preceded in death by her sisters and brothers-in-law, Jane and A.J. (Jack) Ingle Jr. and Betty and W.S. (Bill) Lively Jr., brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Jo Yager, niece Betty Lynn Yager York, and great-nephew W.S. (Spencer) Lively IV.

Miss Yager attended McMinnville City Schools and graduated from Central High School in 1950. Attending Middle Tennessee State College (now University) from 1950-1952, she transferred to George Peabody College (now of Vanderbilt University) from where she received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 1954. Miss Yager then became a teacher and administrator for 33 years with McMinnville City Schools and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools from where she retired in 1987.

Survivors include her niece, Sally I. Turner, nephew W.S. (Buddy) Lively III, both of McMinnville, Edward (Cheryl) Yager, IV of Readyville, great-niece and nephews Jennifer Turner and Sam Turner, both of McMinnville and Christopher York of Knoxville, great-great nieces and nephew, Terian (Jacob) Roller, Mary-Ella Lee, both of McMinnville, and Zackary Patton of Cookeville.

Funeral service will be held at High’s Chapel at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 16. Visitation will be held Sunday from 12 p.m. noon until time of service. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery with Rev. Summer Worley officiating. Wearing of face coverings is optional. Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels or McMinnville First Presbyterian Church. Online condolences may be left at

High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) Jan. 12, 2022