Mary Ann (Mayne) Yakel, 86, died February 27, 2018 in the arms of her two daughters and grandson at FirstHealth Hospice House, Pinehurst.

A vibrant personality, she is survived by her daughters in Minneapolis Cynthia Paul (Deephaven) and Mary Lynn Yakel Sauer (Jeff), (Medina); her beloved grandchildren Brett Paul (Megan) of Chaska, Elizabeth Paul Monson (Jonny) of Shorewood, Margaret Skoglund, New York City, Jeffery Sauer, London, Caroline Sauer, Medina; and great grandchildren, Jackson Carlson and Bowen Monson; her extended family Barb McConnell, Rick Avery, Sherry Irons. Mary Ann is predeceased by her husband Dick Yakel, sister Eleanor Mayne, John McConnell, and beloved daughter Leslie Payden Yakel.

A longtime resident of CCNC, Pinehurst, NC, Vero Beach, FL and the Twin Cities, MN, Mary Ann is lovingly remembered by all who knew her for her indomitable happy spirt, generosity and kindness.  She was a tireless volunteer and philanthropist.  From Saturday’s at Given Book Shop, to Linden Lodge, Weymouth Center for the Arts, Foundation of FirstHealth, to Penick Village and the Carolina Philharmonic.

In Minnesota, she brought her professional volunteerism to the St. Paul Children’s Hospital, MIA Decorative Arts, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and served as a North Oaks City Council member as well as enjoyed being an entrepreneur with her Heddy Pegler antiques business.  Mary Ann grew up in Peoria, IL and often shared glorious memories about her life and fabulous friends.

Mary Ann loved to entertain her friends and fully enjoyed bridge, Mahjong, taking friends to dinner and fundraising events.   She was as committed to her friends as they to her.  Included in this circle of joy are Shelby, Ashley, Addie, and the CCNC club and security staff.   The family would like to extend a special thank you to this treasured list of people that became part of Mary Ann’s life.  We will be forever grateful.

A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 PM, April 7, 2018 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Southern Pines, NC with Reverend Mary Balfour Dunlap officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Given Tufts, P.O. Box 159, Pinehurst, NC 28370; Linden Lodge Foundation, P.O. Box 4153, Pinehurst, NC 28374; Carolina Philharmonic, 5 Market Square, Pinehurst, NC 28374.

Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines is assisting the family.

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Mrs. Yakel’s family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers at Sandhills Sentinel.

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