Obituary: Mary Yost


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Mary Elizabeth Yost, a former ballroom dance instructor, died Jan. 31 at Stanford Medical Center. She was 88.

Ms. Yost was born in San Jose and moved to Willow Road in Menlo Park as a child. She attended Ravenswood and St. Joseph's elementary schools and Sequoia High School. She graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in art in 1943.

During World War II, she worked as a draftsman with Hendy Iron Works in Sunnyvale, which built engines for American ships. She later worked at the National Motor Bearing Co. in Redwood City.

In 1946 she married Albert Yost at the Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park. The couple were ballroom dancers on the Peninsula and led their own dance club, the Jeff Jeffries Dancers. They sailed around South America twice as dance instructors on the Prudential Cruise Line.

Ms. Yost was active with the Menertons, volunteering at the thrift shop, helping plan fundraisers, and doing artwork for its cookbook.

She is survived by sons Walter Yost of Carmichael and Doug Yost of Palo Alto. Her husband of 62 years, Albert Yost, died in April 2009. A private service for Ms. Yost will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery in Menlo Park.


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