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Melva Jean (Parrott) Yanna

May 3, 1956 ~ May 1, 2019 (age 62)

     Melva Jean Yanna, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away, Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at McLaren Hospital in Lansing following a brief illness.
     Jean was born on May 3, 1956 in Owosso, Michigan, the daughter of Bruce & Melva Dean Parrott. She graduated from Ovid-Elsie High School in 1976. On October 29, 1977 she married James Yanna. Her lifes' work included working for various newspapers as an advertising sales representative. One of her dear departed friends, Pastor Bob Prange once said, "She could sell ice-cubes to Eskimos." Jean was dedicated in her sales efforts; she cared deeply for her clients and knew the importance of giving great customer service. Besides her work in advertising sales, she was a foster parent to Jessica and Mara. She was active in the women’s group at church, liked to sew, enjoyed camping and spending time with family.
     Jean is survived by her husband Jim of Laingsburg, her son Jimmy of St Johns, her daughter Jennifer of East Lansing, four grandchildren: Ashley & Brandon Yanna of St Johns, and Amber & Michael Smith of East Lansing. Also surviving her are several Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and many close friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.
     Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at noon at Grove Bible Church, 6990 E. Price Road, St Johns, MI 48879. A luncheon will immediately follow.

     In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the family. Online condolences can be made at  The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.

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