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Mary Lu Northrup Yell – August 28, 2017

Mary Lu Northrup Yell, 80, of Amarillo, died Monday, August 28, 2017. 
Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Dr. G.A. Roach. Burial will follow at 2:00 p.m., in Stinnett Cemetery in Stinnett.  Arrangements are Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Mary was born July 4, 1937, in Sunray to John and Ruby Northrup. When she was 2 years old, her parents divorced. Her mother married Howard Fitzgerald. Howard never adopted Mary and her brother but were raised as Fitzgerald’s until their last year of high school.
The family lived in Sunray until 1949, when they moved to Idaho. After two years, they moved to Stinnett TX, starting high school there.  Mary met her high school sweetheart, Otheo Carl Ehrhart and in 1954, they were married. They had two children, Karla Faye and Kevin Ray. After 19 years, they were divorced.
In 1978, Mary moved to Amarillo where she began working at the V.A. Medical Center and worked for 23 years.
In 1979, she married J.C Yell. They lived in Amarillo until his death in 2004. Mary continued to live in Amarillo.
She met Duwayne Bryant at the Amarillo Area Singles Club and starting dating him. She enjoyed dancing and playing pool.  She also enjoyed painting on ceramics and china and in oil.  She collected Indian memorabilia and did needlework.
Duwayne became her caretaker coming over every day to take care of her and take her to her doctor’s appointments and treatments. In 2008, Mary found out she had a very rare type of cancer.  Duwayne chose to be her caretaker and companion and has been ever since, taking very good care of her.
She also was preceded in death by her stepfather, Howard Fitzgerald; her father, John Northrup; her mother, Ruby Fitzgerald; her sister, Geraldine Fitzgerald; her brother Fred Northrup; her son, Kevin Ray Ehrhart; and her former husband, Otheo Ehrhart.
Survivors include her daughter, Karla Faye Taylor, of Amarillo; a daughter-in-law, Kathy Ehrhart; her companion, Duwayne Bryant, of Amarillo; 6 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; 3 nephews; a niece; and a host of friends.


  • PW Posted August 30, 2017 9:25 am

    Expressing my deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one. May Jehovah God and his son Jesus Christ comfort and console you during this difficult time. God’s word promises at Acts 24:15 the hope of being reunited with your loved one again here on earth. You can have complete confidence in this promise because of the resurrections of Lazarus and others that Jesus brought back to life here on earth and also, because God cannot lie.

  • Candy Taylor-Ballard Posted August 30, 2017 12:42 pm

    R.I.P. Grandma we all Love you very much, and you will be dearly missed

  • Jessica Ehrhart Posted August 30, 2017 7:00 pm

    She will always be remembered for her smile and how sweet she was.

  • Jane Ballard Posted August 31, 2017 10:31 am

    So very sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you all. Only met her a couple times but she was a very sweet lady.

  • Brenda G Chavez Posted September 1, 2017 9:07 am

    She held a very special place in my heart, she always had a sweet smile on her face. I loved going to the VFW and seeing her there, it will be a great loss for us all who loved her and enjoyed being around her. May the God of Peace surround this family

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