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Janice M. Yawn

March 31, 1940March 21, 2020

Janice E. Yawn, age 79, of Columbus Georgia, journeyed Home to be with her Lord and Savior on March 21, 2020. Services are currently pending. Janice was born on March 31, 1940, in Hickory North Carolina; the daughter of Lesley Moore and Virginia Baker Moore (both deceased), her husband, George Quinton Yawn (deceased), her sister, Mary Moore Savage (Bill) also deceased. She received her Bachelors of Science in Education from the Mississippi State College for Women (The W) and a Master ' s Degree from the University of Alabama. Janice moved to Columbus in 1967 and retired from Kendrick High School after 37 years of dedicated, loyal service to the Muscogee County School District. She was a proud Kendrick Cherokee. Her students not only learned History but life lessons such as strength, compassion, caring and understanding for others. As her life reflected all these qualities, her love for her family and students remained constant, even after retirement.

Janice's hobbies after retirement included showing dogs, of which she had many grand champions, college football (WAR EAGLE) and traveling.

Survivors include: Charles (Martha) Moore, Andrew (Allison) Moore, Robin Buntin, Karen (Neil) Hotard, Mike (Jackie) Savage, John Savage, Suzanne Blanchard, Christi Savage, Matt Savage, Lisa Ferguson, Brandi Ferguson, Brandon Ferguson, Peggy Hinson, Gail Godwin and many friends.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.shcolumbus.com for the Yawn family.


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Janice M. Yawn

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Constance Harrow-Wallace

April 2, 2020

I LOVED, LOVED Mrs. Yawn. She was my P.E. teacher and I ENJOYED the skills that she taught so much that I took P.E. every year and was her assistant one year, I even wanted to be a P.E. teacher because of her.
She will be truly missed. Rest on Mrs. Yawn, JOB WELL DONE!!💕❤💕

Torrance Goodwin

March 31, 2020

Ms. Yawn was a great teacher and made an impact on numerous young lives at KHS. I was proud to have known and learned from her.

John and Ruby Tucker

March 29, 2020

Thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

Keisa D

March 29, 2020

My prayers to the family 🙏🏾
I have many memories of Mrs. Yawn and not enough space to write them all. You genuinely cared and wanted the best for your students. You didn’t cut any corners with us (she’ll straighten you out quickly lol). I will never forget you! You are one of my favorite teachers! KHS C/O 95

Karen Irvin~Gammage

March 29, 2020

She'd stand in the hall upstairs next to her classroom daily either with a smile or saying "get to class people", always wearing a pair of pants ( blue jeans on Fridays). It was actually Mrs. Yawn telling me that I had one minute (regardless of how long I actually had) that made me hustle & be on time for Mr. Pellman's class. I graduated from Kendrick in 1995, my husband graduated in 1987 & we both fondly remember her as a passionate teacher that only wanted us as students to succeed. I remember when I heard she was about to retire, my husband & I made it our business to go by the school and let her know that her years in front of us in the classroom weren't wasted. She had tears in her eyes to learn that my husband was the Sr. Manager of Infrastructure for CSU & I was a Mortician. She was a one of a kind teacher that will never be forgotten.
My condolences to her family & friends.

Waymond Harrison

March 28, 2020

I remember Ms. Yawn always giving us talks about life and importance of people. She always reminded us that life is not just about yourself and that everyone deserves the same treatment no matter who they are. I've lived by that ever since. I'm forever grateful for those lessons. She was a great educator.

KHS Alumni '95

Mary Unger

March 27, 2020

Ms. Yawn, you will forever be missed. I remember sometimes when you would come to Publix & we would talk about our time at Kendrick. Thank you for the memories.