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Joyce C. Yerian, 81

DALTON – Joyce C. Yerian, age 81, passed away on January 6, 2024 with her family by her side.  Born on November 23, 1942 in Massillon, OH to the late Homer and Gladys (Klein) Gardner, she was a resident of Dalton since 2002, previously of Kidron Rd. in Dalton.  A 1960 graduate of Washington High School, she was employed by Wagner Machine for 20 years.  She was a member of East Greenville United Methodist Church, where she was a Sunday School Teacher and enjoyed working with the children, and also attended the Dalton Presbyterian Church.  Joyce was a member of the Women’s Association at both churches and was previously a volunteer with the Dalton Holidays Festival.  She enjoyed sewing and making quilts, crafting, camping, and going on trips with her family.  Joyce gave of herself selflessly as she took care of many family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Richard “Dick” Yerian; grandson, Shawn Toney; stepson, Richard E. Yerian; infant brother, Homer M. Jr.; sisters, Wilma (Ronnie) Domer, June (Leslie) Sandwith; brothers, Robert Gardner, Ron Gardner; brother-in-law, Ronnie Davis.

She is survived by her daughter, Melisa (Jaramy) Adkins; stepdaughter, Connie S. Yerian; 2 grandchildren; sister, Sue Davis of Dalton; brothers, Jack (Cindy) Gardner and Donald (Rose) Gardner of Massillon, sisters-in-law, Ronna Gardner of Cincinnati, OH,  Carol Gardner of Brewster, OH; many nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

A private graveside service with inurnment will be held at East Greenville Cemetery.  Online obituary and guest registry are available at

(Zak-Thacker & Monbarren, 330-828-2536)

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