Mary Grace Yarbrough (Sign Guestbook)

Mary Grace Cunningham Yarbrough passed away surrounded by her loving family on March 7, 2017 at the age of 90. A Knoxville native, Mary Grace was a 1945 graduate of Central High School, a Navy wife and precious mother. An artist who loved life and music, she will always be remembered for that beautiful smile with her bright red lipstick.

Mary Grace was preceded in death by her loving husband of over 56 years, Arthur M. Yarbrough, Sr.; son, Arthur M. Yarbrough, Jr.; parents, James & Roxie Cunningham; brother, James Robert Cunningham and son-in-law, Frank Pratofiorito. She is survived and will be deeply missed by daughters, Claudia Yarbrough Pratofiorito and Cindy Yarbrough; grandchildren, Joshua Sean (Nicole), Amy Erin (Matthew) Palmer, Andrew (Kristina) Kicklighter, Sarah Yarbrough; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Joseph Cunningham; sisters, Marjorie (Bill) Hill, Gail (Edmond) Gray; nieces and nephews; other extended family and friends to include Terry Williams, Patches Pierce, and Becky Williams.

The family will Receive Friends on Friday, March 10th from 5-7pm at Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel, with a Celebration of Life Service to begin at 7 pm. The private family Interment will be Saturday, March 11th at 11 am at Highland Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please wear bright red lipstick to the service in Mary Grace’s honor. Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Yarbrough family and invites you to view and sign their online guestbook below.


7 guestbook entries for “Mary Grace Yarbrough”:

  1. Marjorie and Bill Hill says:

    We will miss you Sister. We share so many great memories. Glad we were able to live close to each other for some of those years. We will miss our weekly visits since our return to our roots five years ago. Heaven is full of parties now or was that thunder!!

  2. Dee and Jim Gill says:

    our love and hugs to everyone

  3. John and Debbie Friedlund says:

    Mary Grace, such a wonderful person to know. She lit up a room with her charm and smile and was such a good friend. She and Art were one of the first people we met when we bought our cabin in Bryson City, NC.

    The world was a better place because of her and she will be missed.

  4. Dava snyder says:

    Blessed to have known Mary Grace! Love her, her red lipstick and her precious family!!!
    Dava and The Courtyards Senior Living Family!!

  5. Kathy Broggy says:

    I’ve spent this entire day thinking about Mary Grace and trying to find the words to write about her. Should I remember her sitting at the head of the table, always the Queen, holding court! Should I remember her rocking that green derby on St Patrick’s Day, or how happy she was heading out to The Dixie Stampede! That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to memories of Mary Grace. I will miss her always but when I think of her, a smile will undoubtedly cross my lips! God speed Mary Grace, you are much loved!

  6. Jim and Carla Owen says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I will be wearing bright red lipstick today in rembrance of Mary Grace and in honor of our dear friend, her brother Joe. Sending our love.

    Jim and Carla Owen

  7. Tyra says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. She was so loved, not just by her daughter’s but her Courtyard’s family.I’ve missed seeing that smile and hearing her tell Eli to come to Mama or telling the other elders not to feed Cole and being very adamant about it! We missed you all as well. I hope you still come by to see us. You’re in my prayers. We love you guys. Eli has a new angel, in red Lipstick. Fly with the angels.

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