Obituary: Precious Blood Sister Mary Yarger


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PALA — Sister Mary Yarger, a member of the Sisters of the Precious Blood, died May 3 in Pala, California. She was 75.

Sister Yarger was born in Fallbrook. As members of the Luiseño Tribe, her family was deeply rooted in their Native American heritage.

She entered the Sisters of the Precious Blood in Dayton, Ohio, in 1967.

In her life of ministry, Sister Yarger served in education as a principal; elementary, junior high and high school teacher; and educational specialist.

For more than 25 years, she served as a teacher and administrator at her former elementary school, Mission San Antonio de Pala School; her former high school, San Luis Rey Academy; and at Sherman Indian High School in Riverside, California. She also served on her congregation’s leadership team and as coordinator of vocation ministry.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated May 8 at Mission San Antonio de Pala. There was a Mass, followed by burial, on May 13 in Dayton.

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