holly yarter
After a long-fought battle with cancer, Holly Jean Yarter, 65, of Weirton, passed away Monday, April 29, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. She was born May 27, 1953 in St. Louis, MO, the daughter of the late Thomas and Wanda Mills Rees. Holly was a dedicated elementary school teacher with the Brooke County Schools for 39 years. She was a member of the Weirton Heights Memorial Baptist Church and the Weirton Chapter 147 Order of the Eastern Star, presently serving as Worthy Matron and Secretary of JR. AREME. Holly was also Past President of ADK. She loved to read and has traveled to 48 states and loved to vacation at Ocean City, MD with her family. She is survived by her husband William L. Yarter of Weirton; sons Michael (Sandy) Yarter of Las Vegas, NV, Christopher (Casey) Yarter of Ridgecrest, CA and Thomas (Jessica) Yarter of Follansbee, WV; daughter Jessica (Christopher) Naughton of Colliers, WV and grandchildren Colton, Dillon, Olivia and Luke Yarter and Keegan and Connor Naughton. Additional survivors include her Aunt, Iris Rees of Weirton, WV, and her cousin Patty Wagener of Des Moines, Iowa. Friends will be received Thursday 2-4 and 6-8PM Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton, WV where an Order of Eastern Star service will be held at 6PM. Additional visitation will be held Friday from 10 until the 11AM funeral service at the Weirton Heights Memorial Baptist Church, 121 Ivy Street, Weirton. Reverend Dr. Holley Faulkner will officiate. Private interment will be held at the convenience of her family. Share tributes and memories at www.grecohertnick.com 304-748-3219.

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  1. I knew Holly Yarter as Mrs. Yarter of Edgewood Elementary School and she was a fantastic, determined teacher. She made sure we were always trying our best an instilled a drive for learning not easily extinguished. She was one of the reasons I became a teacher, because she never gave up on me. She will be lovingly remembered by all of us that passed through her classroom door.

  2. Jessica and Family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. In my thoughts. Kim (Riddle) Van Brimer

  3. She was two of my daughters first grade teacher. She took the time and extra attention to help one over come nerves and to help the other catch up with reading. She was a very special person and I will always be grateful to her. May she Rest In Peace

  4. So sorry to hear of Holly’s passing. Sympathies to all of you. I’ll never forget our great soccer times. Rest In Peace you were the perfect wife mother grandmother daughter and niece.

  5. Larry and kids, I am so very sorry for your loss. I wish that I would if known. I loved Holly like a sister. Taking care of Wanda,my friend,for 7 years,we got close. She had once said that I was good for her,helping her with her mother and all. I am so thankful for knowing the whole family. I enjoyed every day that I spent with everyone at both wandas and Holly’s house. I will miss her alot.Once again,Larry and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Patty Swiger

  6. So very sorry to hear of Holly’s passing. Larry and family you have my deepest, heartfelt sympathy. God Bless Shelley Greenlief

  7. Holly Yarter will be remembered as “a genuine, great educator”! Our children and grandchildren got to experience her . I will remember the book report assignments and projects that she gave. If there is a Hall of Fame for teachers, she certainly should be at the top of the list. Prayers are with the family, Don & Rebecca Turner, Latisha, Marcus, Jason,& granchildren , Alexis & Savannah

  8. Dear Yarter Family, Holly played such an important part in my teaching career. She was my cooperating supervisor for my student teaching and passed along all of her knowledge. Such a giving person, she was always willing to help. She was so proud of her kids and grandchildren. May all of the happy memories help all of you through this difficult time. Hugs and prayers to all of you.

  9. I met sister Holly through the Order of the Eastern Star. During 2015-16, we served in the same Grand family, ‘Anchored in Hope’. We had secret pals during the year and Holly was mine. I had so much fun trying to surprise her with gifts and remain a secret until the end of the year. Holly was a special lady to me and all who knew her. My life is richer, having had Holly Yarter as a friend and more importantly, as a sister. Love you Holly ❤️

  10. I was very sad to read of Holly’s death. The Weirton Community has lost one of its most honorable citizens. She will long be remembered for her good work, kindness and generosity.

  11. My sympathy to Holly’s family, friends, colleagues and students. Everybody has a memory of her dedication and loyalty to them. I will miss her stories! Sue Fadse

  12. Holly was the very first teacher I met when I walked into Edgewood School for the first time, as a substitute teacher. She was so very kind and welcoming. Holly gave me a quick tour of the school, led me to my classroom and checked in on me several times throughout the day. She took the time that day to care about a nervous, first time substitute teacher. That is who Holly Yarter was. She was my friend. Holly was unique. She was one of a kind: Smart, funny, kind, loyal and a true blue friend. She will be sadly missed, but lovingly remembered by all who knew her. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May God bless and comfort each of you during this difficult time.

  13. I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one. When someone we love dies, it’s natural to want to see that person again. God promises us that He will comfort us in our trials if we go to him in prayer. 2 Corinthians 1:3 calls him the God of all comfort. I’d like to share with y’all this link that shows 12 steps on coping with grief that is good for sharing. I have personally found this very comforting and I hope y’all do as well. https://www.jw.org/finder?wtlocale=E&docid=102018086&srcid=share

  14. My sincere condolences to the family of Holly Yarter. May you find comfort in your loving memories, and in God’s promise to soon “swallow up death forever” and “wipe away the tears from all faces.” (Isaiah 25;8) With deepest sympathy,

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